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Anthony Hill: A Writer and his words

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (AEDT)

Anthony Hill: A Writer and his words

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Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.


In conjunction with this special day, you are invited to come to Gungahlin Library for an enjoyable evening meeting local Canberra author Anthony Hill. A multi award winning author, his books include works for children and adults. Families with children aged 10+ are welcome to attend.


Anthony Hill will share with you the ideas behind his military stories, including Young Digger which is set in Flanders Fields and the Western Front just after the Armistice; Soldier Boy and Animal Heroes. Ask him about his current book in progress, a story from the Second World War.


About Anthony Hill 

Anthony Hill is a Canberra-based author of books for children and adults.   Born in Melbourne in 1942, he was a newspaper journalist before moving with his family to a country village in NSW where they ran an antique shop for five years. The experience formed the basis of his first two books, The Bunburyists and Antique Furniture in Australia.

Anthony Hill’s first book for children, Birdsong, was published in 1988, followed in 1994 by his prize-winning novella The Burnt Stick illustrated by Mark Sofilas. The two combined again to produce Spindrift in 1996, the same year in which Anthony Hill published The Grandfather Clock. His collection, Growing Up & Other Stories, was published in 1999.

For ten years Anthony Hill was a speech-writer for the Governor-General, until retiring to concentrate full-time on his own writing.

His biographical novel, Soldier Boy, about the youngest known Anzac, was published in 2001, won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and is now in its nineteenth impression. A children’s story, Forbidden, appeared in 2002, and also another First World War biographical novel, Young Digger, as a companion book to Soldier Boy. The Shadow Dog, a memoir of Anthony Hill’s own dog, Sebastian, was published in 2003, illustrated by Andrew McLean.

In March 2005 Penguin published Animal Heroes, a collection of stories about the dogs, horses, pigeons, mascots and other animals that have serviced with Australia’s armed forces in peace and war. His most recent books include a children’s picture book Lucy’s Cat and the Rainbow Birds, and a novel Captain Cook’s Apprentice about the Endeavour voyage. Anthony is currently finishing a major biographical novel from the Second World War.





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Cnr Hibberson and Gozzard St
Gungahlin, 2912

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (AEDT)

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