David Burton is a young, award-winning playwright based in Brisbane. His work April’s Fool (Playlab Press) toured nationally in 2012. He has recently co-written Hedonism’s Second Album for La Boite Indie, and The Landmine Is Me for Queensland Theatre Company. A speaker and presenter in schools across Queensland, David is passionate about sharing his remarkable story with young people.
How to Be Happy is David’s first book winning The Text prize for best manuscript written for young adult and children’s writing awarded annually. “It’s a book that sets off in pursuit of those things that are true and real. It is a three-dimensional account of how to grapple with every kind of adolescent anxiety, and it’s bursting with humour and wit”. How to Be Happy was published in mid-2015.
We recently held a Literature & Arts Festival at St. Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays for our Secondary students. All the authors that attended were entertaining, engaging and inspiring. I have had so much positive feedback from students, staff and library colleagues. The students have all been raving about how excellent the festival was, and they were disappointed at the thought of returning to classes for the rest of the week. I have had reluctant readers coming into the library to borrow books, more students are writing stories. I would definitely recommend David Burton, Josh Donellan, Kathy Hoopmann, James Moloney, Giulio Saggin, and Edwina Shaw to anyone looking at having authors present for their Secondary students.
St Catherine's Catholic College Literature and Arts Festival - May 2018St Catherine's Catholic College Literature and Arts Festival - May 2018David Burton
Dave Burton was fantastic! We received very positive feedback about Dave’s talk, and the question and answer session. He was very inspirational.
David Burton - Gold Coast City Council, WriterDavid Burton - Gold Coast City Council, WriterDavid Burton
David was very good catering to our requests, well organised and really good with the kids. He was able to adapt to the kids and their moods. He used his experience in theatre to inspire the kids and would be fantastic for playwright workshops.
I would highly recommend him to other schools.
David Burton - Woodcrest State College, August, 2015David Burton - Woodcrest State College, August, 2015David Burton
Your keynote presentation and the way you interacted with the students was outstanding and I was so pleased with what you did on the day. Wonderful! We cannot wait to buy your book!
It is not easy to put together an event such as this and with your support and help it was extremely successful.
David Burton - Positive Leadership Student Conference, Aquinas College, May, 2015.David Burton - Positive Leadership Student Conference, Aquinas College, May, 2015.David Burton