Richard Yaxley grew up with a few friends – some of whom were actually real – a very big bucket of Lego and hundreds of books. Whilst the friends have mostly changed and the Lego went to a children’s hospital a few years back, the books have remained a welcome constant in his life.
Richard is the author of Drink the Air, the winner of the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Young Adult Literary Award, its sequel Spring Rain and most recently Joyous and Moonbeam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 West Australian Premier’s Awards. He has written extensively in educational texts such as Shorts, Short Shorts and No Big Dramas (all published by John Wiley) and also writes for adults, most notably with The Rose Leopard (UQP). He is a poet and playwright, and has been the recipient of various grants and fellowships, including a May Gibbs Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship in 2015.
His next novel for young people, entitled This Is My Song, will be published by Scholastic early in 2017.
Richard is a knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining speaker whose writing skills are backed by thirty years of teaching experience in the fields of English and Drama. He is willing and able to tailor workshops to specific school and group requirements, and presents his ideas in a lively, humorous and often thought-provoking manner. Richard works well with adults and children alike, specialising in students from the secondary environment.
He says, “I can still vividly remember the joy that I experienced, as a child, in opening a book for the first time, savouring the beginning, working out who was who and how they were related, trying to predict what might happen next. If I can help a new generation of readers find that same joy then I will be more than gratified …”
Richard was a great speaker who engaged boys and parents. He had a perfect manner with the audience and they enjoyed the evening.
Brisbane Grammar School - April, 2017Brisbane Grammar School - April, 2017Richard Yaxley
Richard Yaxley worked with our Year 4, 5 and 6 students on Tuesday, 13 September. He was very professional and very easy to get along with. The students were really enthusiastic about his visit and responded positively to the workshop he gave. Richard has a great energy when he works with the kids and they really loved listening to him and contributed a lot to his questioning. I would recommend Richard to work with students of this age group without any hesitation. I was very impressed with his attitude and the way he is able to fit into a situation with confidence.
Richard Yaxley - St Edwards Primary School - September 2016Richard Yaxley - St Edwards Primary School - September 2016Richard Yaxley
Richard was the utmost professional and helped the students immensely prepare their thinking and ideas for narrative writing.
We would definitely recommend Richard to other Schools and will be looking to book him again into the future.
Richard Yaxley - Sheldon College, April 2016Richard Yaxley - Sheldon College, April 2016Richard Yaxley
Richard was excellent and worked to our brief superbly and his ability to interact with students was first rate.
We would have no hesitation in booking him again.
Richard Yaxley - St. Patrick's College, March 2016Richard Yaxley - St. Patrick's College, March 2016Richard Yaxley
Richard conducted a creative writing workshop with our Year 7 and 9 students. They were very impressed with him and happy with their work. Richard is a teacher therefore, he knows how to get students working and how to keep them on task. He can read body language and levels of interest in students to know when to continue with a point and then to move on.
Richard Yaxley - Sheldon College, September, 2014.Richard Yaxley - Sheldon College, September, 2014.Richard Yaxley