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J.M. DONELLAN is a writer, musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher. He was almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris.

His debut novel A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India was the winner of the 2009 IP Picks best fiction award. He scripted and voiced the internationally popular Pocket Hipster iPhone application, even though he doesn’t have an iPhone. Josh was a state finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Australian Poetry Slams and a national finalist in 2015. He was chosen as one of the top ten writers in the 2013 SOYA awards. His debut play, We Are All Ghosts, was performed as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival in 2014. He also co-wrote the Theory of Everything, which completely sold out its entire season at the 2015 Brisbane Festival.

His children’s fantasy novel Zeb and the Great Ruckus was described by one child as ‘the best book ever, but it should have had Dr Who in it.’  His latest novel, Killing Adonis, is out now and has received rave reviews from numerous magazines and newspapers, which is terribly nice of them. Josh is one half of the spoken word/electronic band Poetry is Dead. His most recent release is the poetry collection Stendhal Syndrome.

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  1. Susan Sherlock

    Hi Josh – We have you coming out to Bundamba State Secondary College for a ‘Poetry Feast’ workshop next Thursday. I do not have an email for you – so thought I would contact you here.

    I am wanting to know what we need for the workshop and to also let you know our period four class time is 1:40-2:50pm – it will be the students’ lunchtime when you arrive for the 1:15pm start. Can you let me know if this is a big issue? We can certainly try and have students attend earlier, but know this will be difficult.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.



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