Dave is a Brisbane-based writer of eleven acclaimed books aimed at children 7 - 11 years old, and four plays.
The Stinky and Jinks books (Piccadilly) follow the exciting adventures of a boy and his genius hamster. The first book, My Hamster is a Genius, was highly commended at the prestigious Sheffield Book Awards in the UK in 2013 (second only to Tom Gates) and the series (six books) has been translated into six languages, and has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. The series was reprinted in a new edition in 2018.
Dave is also the author of two Squirrel Boy books, illustrated by Cate James, about a new kind of superhero, and his 73 year-old sidekick, Mrs Onions. The first book, Squirrel Boy vs The Bogeyman, won a Lancashire Fantastic Book award in 2016.
Dave’s latest series, The Incredible Dadventure (released by Allen & Unwin in Australia) follows the hilarious, death-defying adventures of Holly and her explorer dad. The series was included in the UK-wide Summer Reading Program and the first book, The Incredible Dadventure, won the Teach Primary Award in 2018.
In 2019 and 2020, alongside writing new middle grade fiction, Dave has adapted Andy Griffiths’ Aussie classic The Day My Bum Went Psycho for the stage – it had a sell-out run – as well as adaptations of My Hamster is a Genius, My Hamster is a Pirate, and, for 2021, an original play, Goldilocks, all with Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Most recently, he’s written Café, an episode of the hit TV show, Bluey.
Praise for Dave’s ‘Stinky and Jinks’ books:
“With its use of plentiful humour, terrific characters, simple language and appealing illustrations, this series is perfect for emerging independent readers.” Sunday Tasmanian.
“Full of humour and banter that will make you laugh out loud.” Manchester Evening News, Children’s Book of the Week.
We were so happy with Dave's presentation at our school. The teachers commented that the content of this presentation was supportive of what they are doing in the classroom. I was very impressed with the way he interacted with the students from Prep to Year 6. His sessions were filled with energy and fun humour. I would highly recommend Dave.
St Edward the Confessor Primary School - September 2021St Edward the Confessor Primary School - September 2021Dave Lowe
During Book Week our year 3-6 students had an inspiring visit from author Dave Lowe. Students and teachers were captivated by his stories and left with some great tips and ideas to use when writing their own stories! All the feedback from staff who attended was great and we would love to have him back at our school for another author visit.
Thornlands State School - Septemer 2021Thornlands State School - Septemer 2021Dave Lowe
Dave was great, he had the children smiling and engaged throughout each of his 45 minute interactive session that he did with our year 3-6 students. The quick chats I had with teachers and students on the last day of term all indicated that he was a hit, I think I will need to order additional copies of his books to keep up with borrowing demand 😊
Emmaus College - September, 2020Emmaus College - September, 2020Dave Lowe
Dave was engaging and entertaining. He listened to our needs and interests and adapted his presentation accordingly. Our Year 4-6 boys were mesmerised by Dave and his humour. His writing tips were practical and age-appropriate. Teachers and students commented that they enjoyed his talk. He even donated a book to one of our students. Thanks Dave, for visiting us and we look forward to having you again soon!
Ambrose Treacy College - September, 2020Ambrose Treacy College - September, 2020Dave Lowe
Popular children's author Dave Lowe visited Genesis Christian College in August. He successfully engaged our Upper Primary students by using humour as he challenged them to create interesting stories. Our students were very responsive and learnt inspiring writing tips such as 'tell, not show' when crafting descriptions of characters.
Genesis Christian College - August 2020Genesis Christian College - August 2020Dave Lowe