Gregg Dreise is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra and Mad Magpie. These stories are about teaching morals. Silly Birds is based on the saying, “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys”. Kookoo Kookaburra is based on the saying, “Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often. If you never take the chance to throw it, it never comes back”. Mad Magpie is based on the words of wisdom, “Stay calm like the surface of the water, yet strong like its current. And know that there is a song out there for you.”
A descendant of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. He was born and raised in St George, Queensland and moved to Noosa during high school. He is the youngest of eight in a family that loved sport, music and poetry (one of those families where everyone sings, and passes guitars around at get-togethers). Gregg’s mother (Lyla Dreise-Knox) has always inspired him to write. Her poetry has entertained the family (as well as the odd magazine and newspaper readers) for many decades.
Gregg is currently a teacher in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He has completed writing four more picture books waiting their turn for publishing; and is also working on a chapter book for upper primary. For Gregg, the most exciting part of writing, is going to schools and libraries with his didgeridoo and guitar, with the aim to educate an audience filled with smiles. He was very excited to take his books to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy this year. His book Silly Birds was on the 2015 Premier’s Reading Challenge year 1 to 3 booklist and was shortlisted and then won the 2015 Speech Pathology Australia - Book of the Year award.
Gregg has been an artist most of his life, following in the footsteps of many family members. His paintings have been sold all over the world. His recent international art award was for the last painting in the book Silly Birds.
Greg was amazing! Both Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. We were amazed at how talented and passionate Greg is about both his culture and his ability to write stories. He is an exceptional artist and illustrator who taught our students so many wonderful new ideas about how to best express themselves. We all learnt so much from him. Thank you Greg. You are a living legend! Very Deadly indeed!
Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology - October 2020Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology - October 2020Gregg Dreise
We enjoyed Gregg’s energetic presentations to three groups at our school. Gregg played musical instruments and related stories of his Indigenous culture. He held the audiences spellbound. It was also good that Gregg was thoughtful about pitching his talks at the relevant aged groups, being early, middle and upper primary. I would recommend Gregg.
Newmarket State School - November 2020Newmarket State School - November 2020Gregg Dreise
Gregg Dreise is an exceptional speaker who is able to appropriately adapt his story to the age group he is addressing. Our Year 2 boys are still talking about his visit with awe and fascination. Our Year 7 boys are thinking deeply and critically about Gregg's presentation as they start an English unit of work into Indigenous stories and voice. Would love to have the whole College see and hear what Gregg has to say!
Moreton Bay Boy's College - September 2020Moreton Bay Boy's College - September 2020Gregg Dreise
Gregg is so enthusiastic and passionate about sharing his work. He gave everyone not only a behinds the scenes and personal reading of his book My culture and Me, but he also shared songs and language in a way that was perfect for young people.
Casey Cardinia Libraries - July 2020Casey Cardinia Libraries - July 2020Gregg Dreise
Gregg Dreise was an engaging presenter. He spoke to the different groups of students about his books, focusing on his illustrations in particular. He connected with the students through the use of humour and music. He was able to share his love of his country and his culture through his passionate presentation. We would love to have him back!
Kenmore State High School - August 2019Kenmore State High School - August 2019Gregg Dreise