About Harry Laing

Harry Laing is a poet, children’s author, creative writing teacher and comic performer.

I have a passion for poetry, comic performance and for teaching. As a poet I’ve had two books published Thirst (1993) and Backbone (2010) and my first book as a children’s author is Shoctopuspoems to grip you (2015) a book of illustrated poems for 6-12 yr olds. I’ve written and performed 8 solo shows and toured one of them, Away with the birds for STARTS (Southern Tablelands Arts). I was awarded CASP grants to write and perform a two-hander Playing for Time in 2012 and a staged radio show Under Braidwood in 2014 I’ve also written for radio. My two series of quirky country tales Stories from the edge of the forest and Tales of a Tree Changer were broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph in 2005/2006.

I teach a wide range of workshops:

  • creative writing workshops for Yrs 1-12
  • poetry performances for Yrs 2-8
  • drama workshops for Yrs 3-6
  • comic monologue workshops for Yrs 7-12
  • creative writing workshops for adults and comic monologue workshops for adults
  • Professional Development workshops for teachers
  • voice workshops

I like to think I have the ability to get people writing whatever their age and stage. Perhaps this is because humour is a big part of what I do. I’ve been Poet On Wheels (2006) worked in many schools, judged schools poetry competitions, been a writer in residence and taken workshops in jail. And I’m constantly surprised and delighted by the quality of writing of participants in my workshops.

I live near Braidwood on the Southern Tablelands of NSW. I’m keen to work in rural and regional Australia as well as the metropolitan areas and happy to travel for workshops. I am available for half-day, day workshops or residencies. I also co-run PoetryAlive residential weekend poetry workshops with Nicola Bowery.

Contact details:

e: harrylaing@bigpond.com
ph: 02 48461075

PO Box 257
NSW 2622

I am represented by Greenleaf Press

and also by www.creativenetspeakers.com
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