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Tim Harris

Author, Online - Virtual Visits, Storyteller/Performer

Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids, including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and Exploding Endings. A former primary school teacher of 15 years, his stories are filled with quirky scenarios, loveable characters and plenty of imagination. Tim’s ‘humour with heart’ writing style has seen his books receive multiple awards, including two KOALA Honour Books (2017 and 2019) and a CBCA Notable (2018). His books have been published in Australia and the USA, and have been translated into numerous languages.

An advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim’s presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in hundreds of schools across Australia.

Where were you born?

Wagga Wagga – the place of many crows. This explains my exceptional ability to scavenge food, but not my lack of feathers.

What other jobs have you had?

In chronological order: a newspaper delivery boy, golf ball collector, checkout dude, babysitter, eBay seller, singer-songwriter and primary teacher.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Every day is a highlight. I love being able to think creatively and work on new ideas. It’s deeply satisfying if other people enjoy the ideas too, and if not, that’s OK, I’ll just eat some chocolate and brainstorm the next idea.

What are you passionate about?

In a world filled with bright lights and screens, it is wonderfully refreshing to see children reading books. I’m passionate about helping children find the right book and enjoy the reading experience. I’m also passionate about our ability as humans to think creatively. We live in an exciting age and the creative possibilities are endless.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I’d like to share this block of chocolate I’m currently eating with you, but I’m not sure that I can…


Tim was one of the best ‘speakers’ we have had visit our school. Would certainly recommend him to other Teacher Librarians I know.

Students were engaged throughout the session and enjoyed Tim’s visit.

Staff were impressed with his rapport with the students and very pleased with the session as a whole.

—November, 2017

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