Mr Paul Jennings AM
Paul Jennings (TPTC 1962, BEd 1978) is one of Australia's most successful children's authors.
Mr Jennings graduated from Frankston Teachers' College (now Monash University Peninsula campus) in 1962 and gained a Bachelor of Applied Science from Lincoln Institute (Latrobe University) in 1976.
He then gained a Bachelor of Education Studies from Monash in 1978.
He worked as a teacher, speech pathologist and lecturer in language/literature and special education before becoming a full-time writer.
Mr Jennings' first book, Unreal! was published in 1985, setting the tone for the similarly titled books that followed.
His books have proved popular with readers of all ages across the English-speaking world as well as in Japan, Holland, Spain, Korea, Germany and Italy.
In addition to winning more than 50 awards, including every 'children's choice' award, Mr Jennings has been voted favourite author by children in Australia more than 40 times.
In 1990 and 1993 he won an Australian Writers' Guild award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Children for his contribution to the 13-part television series 'Round the Twist'.
In 1999 he won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, and in 2000 had six of the Top Ten Books in the KROC Awards, as voted for by children in the Northern Territory.
In 1995 Mr Jennings was awarded the Order of Australia for services to children's literature and in 2001 he won the Dromkeen Medal for significant contributions to the appreciation and development of children's literature.