Richard Yaxley is an award-winning author based in Queensland.
His novel This Is My Song (Scholastic 2017) was adjudged winner of the 2018 Prime Ministers Award for Young Adult Literature and 2019 ACU Book of the Year, and was also a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards. Prior to this, Richard was the winner of the Queensland Premier’s Young Adult Literary Award for Drink the Air (Strictly Literary 2010) and another novel, Joyous and Moonbeam (Scholastic 2014) was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Awards. The Happiness Quest (Scholastic 2018) was listed as a CBCA Honours Book and his most recent YA publication is A New Kind of Everything (Scholastic 2020).
Richard has written extensively in educational texts such as Shorts, Short Shorts and No Big Dramas, all published by Wiley, and also writes for adults, most notably with The Rose Leopard (UQP 2003). He has been the recipient of various grants and fellowships, including a May Gibbs Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship in 2015.
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 students from all levels, specialising in those from the secondary environment.
He says, “I can still vividly remember the joy that I experienced, as a child, in opening a book, savouring the beginning, working out who was who, 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 Yaxley worked in two formats across two days with our students - lecture style teaching and small group writing workshops. His input has been very favourably received by students and staff alike. His great input is having direct, positive impact on the students' current English learning unit. I would definitely recommend Richard!
Iona College - August 2019Iona College - August 2019Richard Yaxley
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