Robert Moore is a widely published writer of poetry, plays, articles, short stories and children’s books. He grew up on a hop and raspberry farm near New Norfolk, Tasmania and has taught in primary and secondary schools in Australia and the U. K.
He attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London in 1974 – 1975 and has worked as a teacher, actor and community artist in South Australia for many years. He wrote, musically directed and directed plays for children and parents while teaching in South Australian schools. He has written and directed revues and as an accomplished pianist is often called upon to play for school concerts, musicals and revues.
Breathe Easy, a children’s play that he co-wrote to help educate about asthma awareness, was awarded a special commendation from The Asthma Foundation of South Australia in 1998.
Many of his poems, articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and on national and local radio. An article on HIV was published with Living Now magazine in 2000.
He was joint winner of the inaugural Feast Festival Short Story Competition in 2001 with Clearview.
His first children’s book Raspberry Rat (Macmillan) was published in 2003 and Map (Macmillan) followed in 2004. He has just completed two more junior novels. His first picture book About Face is due for release in November 2010. Adelaide animators Monkeystack are the illustrators and they plan to transfer the story into an animated feature at a later date. The publisher is IP Kidz Queensland.
His first full length adult play Brewing had a public play reading last year and it is hoped to mount a professional production in the near future.
Robert was awarded an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2004. He currently tutors with the Professional Writing Unit (ACArts) in Children’s Literature and is a member of The Ekidnas (an Adelaide based children’s writers’ group). Robert has mentored several children’s writers and is also a freelance editor.