Thu, July 16, 2020

Award winning Australian-born author and educator

Michael Gerard Bauer delivers an inspirational address

Year 11 Literature students have been reading Bauer’s debut novel ‘The Running Man’ which was met with much praise upon its publication in 2004 and has also earned further recognition in some of the country's top awards. 

Michael is an enthusiastic and in-demand speaker. He spoke to the students about the process involved as an author in writing his famous novel. His words of encouragement and knowledge have helped the Year 11 Literature students as they prepare to pen their own piece of imaginative writing for assessment this term. 

Year 11 student Lauren Butler exclaimed, “Michael Gerard Bauer presented one of the most interesting author visits I’ve experienced. He gave a new perspective on the novel and furthered my engagement in the text.  He also included a number of writing tips which I will be able to implement in my own writing in the future.” 

Michael’s books are used as class texts in many schools around Australia. He has written drama, comedy and adventure books. Although he is now a full-time writer, Michael began his career as a teacher of Economics and English in Brisbane and Ipswich secondary schools. 

In 2000 he decided to throw caution to the wind and gave up teaching to become a full-time author. By 2003 he won the inaugural Writesmall Short Story competition run by the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. A year later, his first novel, The Running Man was short-listed as one of the top 10 books for young adults in the 2004 Magpies magazine. In 2005 it won the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers’ category, the Courier Mail  People's Choice Award for Younger Readers, and the Ethel Turner Prize for young people's literature.