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Darren Groth

Photo: AWW 2016

Darren Groth is a Vancouver author and citizen of Canada, having moved from his native Australia in 2007. His novels include Kindling, published by Hachette in 2010 and released in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan; and his acclaimed YA work, Are You Seeing Me?, published by Random House Australia and released in Canada and the US through Orca Book Publishers. His new novel, titled Exchange of Heart in AUS/NZ and Munro vs. the Coyote in CAN/US, is out now.

Darren was the recipient of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Literature and has been a finalist in numerous other prestigious prizes including the CBCA Book of the Year (Australia), the Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia), the Governor General's Literary Awards (Canada) and the BC Book Prizes (Canada). 

For fun, he watches 'American Ninja Warrior' with his beautiful Canadian wife and eats at Fatburger with his wondrous sixteen year old twins.

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Exchange of Heart / Munro vs. the Coyote. Penguin Random House / Orca, 2017
Are You Seeing Me?. Penguin Random House, Orca, 2015
Kindling. Hachette, 2010


Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Australia) - Winner for Are You Seeing Me?, 2016
The Governor General's Literary Awards - Nominee for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
The BC Book Prizes - Finalist for Are You Seeing Me?, 2016
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia) - Shortlisted for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
The CBCA Book of the Year (Australia) - Shortlisted for Are You Seeing Me?, 2015
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Presentation Description

Presentation 1: ‘Seven Pieces of Priceless Advice from Perry’

An entertaining insight into the acclaimed YA novel ‘Are You Seeing Me?’ and an exploration of life lessons provided by protagonist, Perry Richter; includes two interactive games with prizes: ‘AYSM Numbers’ and ‘Jackie Chan or Ogopogo’.

Presentation 2: ‘Coming to Canada’

A reflective and humourous look at cultural difference in Darren’s fiction, teaching and real life; includes one interactive game with prizes: ‘Aussie Interpretations’

Presentation Length:
60-75 minutes
Audience size:
Classes and Large Groups
Workshop Description:

‘Small Stories, Big Dreams: Adventures in Flash Fiction’;

A deep dive into the world of flash fiction, its craft, its creation and its publishing opportunities; includes multiple writing exercises and a competition/prizes.

Northern OAC WITS:
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GST not applicable