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‘The grannies started it when I asked them about a paper round and they sprayed me in the face with rooster brand chilli sauce and made me think that I was dead.’
For far too long, Australian grannies have benefited from benign stereotypes: they’re cuddle-machines, treat-distributors, the knitters of cosy cardigans. But the truth is that some grannies are thorough psychopaths and Alan Brough’s hilarious new children’s book, Charlie and the War Against the Grannies, depicts hostile nannas at their terrifying worst.
Brough is best known as a broadcaster, comedian and music nerd; this is his first foray into children’s fiction. At this Wheeler Kids school holiday session, he’ll read from Charlie and the War Against the Grannies, sing some songs and discuss the inspiration behind good comedy and great writing. BYO hell-raising grandparent.
This event is perfect for children aged 7–12, but open to all ages.
Alan Brough was born in New Zealand and is quite a bit older than he'd like to be. Alan has always loved books and, from an early age, wanted to be a writer. Then he and his Dad went to see Star Wars and Alan decided that, actually, he really, really, really, really, really wanted to be an actor.
After having been an actor for a while Alan realised there wasn't that much work for a 6'4" guy with a slightly lopsided face and thick curly hair so he tried his hand at directing, broadcasting, composing, dancing (true!), singing and, in an unexpected turn of events, being a professional music nerd.
Recently, he got around to being a writer.
One day he hopes to have a bio that includes phrases like 'bestselling', 'award-winning' and 'so successful that he recently bought a solid gold toilet' but, until then, he's just happy to look at his copy of Charlie and the War Against the Grannies and think: 'Cool! I wrote a book!'
Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a series of events for the younger readers in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!