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.
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
WOW! we absolutely loved having Gregg come and visit! He presented to our students using humour and creativity and such energy that the students were engaged the whole time. They loved the storytelling, the music and still talk about the art that he shared. We would love to have him back again soon!
Chevallum Primary School - March 2019Chevallum Primary School - March 2019Gregg Dreise
Gregg was exceptional in relating the stories of his indigenous culture through different mediums to the many age groups he addressed during his visit to our college. He was able to adapt his presentation to link in with the year levels current learning and provided a take home piece for each student to extend that learning into the home environment. All year levels commented on how focused the students were during the lively presentations!
St John's Anglican College - October 2018St John's Anglican College - October 2018Gregg Dreise
Both students and staff really enjoyed Gregg's visit. It was fun, yet taught us all so much about writing stories and aboriginal culture. Each year level was given something different. We all came away learning so much about aboriginal heritage
St Joseph's Primary School Nundah - August 2018St Joseph's Primary School Nundah - August 2018Gregg Dreise