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Tim Pegler

Author, Journalist, Social Commentator

Acclaimed YA author Tim Pegler is an award-winning journalist, extensively published in newspapers, magazines and online. Tim’s experience covering social issues, such as homelessness, disability and juvenile justice, provides the foundation for much of his writing for young adults.

What other jobs have you had?

Newspaper reporter, website editor, film reviewer, tutor, wood chopper, farm labourer, landscape gardener, rouseabout, brick cleaner… There was also a stint carrying buckets of water for a carpet-cleaning machine that was a bit like being Mickey Mouse in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I’m interested in young people finding their voice and taking a stand for justice. My first two novels have been inspired by historic events (the Kelly Gang and true stories from lighthouse keepers) but I’m now working on something more futuristic.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I’ve won journalism awards from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the United Nations Association of Australia. I also represented Australia on a journalism exchange in India and participated in cultural training in Arnhem Land with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

Where have your works been published?

“Game as Ned” was published in Australia, New Zealand and Poland and also recorded as an audio book.As a journalist I’ve been extensively published online, in magazines and in newspapers including The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian and The Weekly Times.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

As a keen and regular reader of children’s books, I’m always happy to recommend books – particularly those I reckon will be winners with reluctant male readers. And, for the record, all the near-death experiences in Five Parts Dead are based on things that actually happened to me – mainly during my teenage years.


Tim is totally professional and is able to engage his audience effortlessly.

—Linda Wilkinson, St Bede's College Mentone, 2019

(Panel Feedback) All three speakers were excellent. The panel worked very well with it being a balanced input from all speakers and Bec moderating the discussion. Bec, Tim and Declan were all very generous with what they spoke about and their time. It was due to the panel that the audience felt engaged, inspired and therefore felt a part of the discussion.

—C. Morton, Whitefriars College, November 2012

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