James Phelan
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James Phelan is the award winning and bestselling author of twenty-nine novels and one work of non-fiction. From his teens he wanted to be a novelist but first tried his hand at studying and working in architecture before turning to writing, spending five years at The Age newspaper, and obtaining an MA (writing) and PhD (YA literature). He has written five geo-political thrillers featuring ex-Australian Navy operative turned investigative reporter Lachlan Fox, the Alone trilogy of YA post-apocalyptic novels, and the 6-book Jed Walker series of suspense thrillers. James has also written a 13-book adventure series for Scholastic, titled The Last Thirteen. This series, aimed at middle grade readers, is described as “The Famous Five meets Indiana Jones,” and has won many Australian kids-choice awards.

James has been a full-time novelist since the age of 25 and has sold over 4 million copies world-wide. As a highly sought after speaker across all education levels, he has spoken at festivals, schools and universities all over the world. James loves sharing his vast knowledge and experience with students and they will find him entertaining, informative and captivating.

Sessions –How James became a writer and his journey from primary school to writing international best selling YA and middle-grade fiction. Grades 5-12

Scheduled talks:
 Session 109 Thursday 19 July at 09:30am - 10:15am; Grades 10-12
Session 117 Thursday 19 July at 10:45am - 11:30am; Grades 7-10
Session 126 Thursday 19 July at 12:15am - 1pm; Grades 5-8
Session 218 Friday 20 July at 10:45am - 11:30am; Grades 9-12 
Session 226 Friday 20 July at 12:15pm - 1pm; Grades 5-8
Session 237 Friday 20 July at 1:30pm - 2:15pm; Grades 7-10