Ball is an author and scriptwriter who is best known as the creator
of one of Australia's most popular children's literary heroes,
Selby the Talking Dog. Selby has now had sixteen books written about
him, beginning with Selby's Secret. The latest title is The Joke's on Selby, and there is now also Selby's Joke Book, compiled
with Selby over long telephone conversations! The Selby books have
been published in New Zealand, Germany, Japan and the USA.
books include the Emily Eyefinger series (Emily Eyefinger,
Secret Agent among others), the Ghost and the Gory Story series
and a number of books in the Case Of series, including The
Case of the Getaway Gold and The Case of the Midnight
Zappers. He has also written a picture book, Jeremy's
Tail, illustrated by Donna Rawlins. His most recent title is My Sister Has a Big Black Beard, a collection of wicked poems illustrated by Kerry Millard.
have been shortlisted for many awards and often listed as CBCA
Notable Books. Selby's Secret has been shortlisted
so many times for the KOALA Awards that it has been inducted
into the KOALA Hall of Fame, and in 2004 Duncan himself became
a 'KOALA Legend'.
born in Boston Massachusetts in the USA and then moved around
a lot with his family - to Alaska, Spain and then back to the
US. While he was still a teenager he became fascinated with the
idea of being a painter or a writer, but went on to study mathematics
and chemistry. He came to live in Sydney in 1974, where he worked
as an industrial chemist, but soon decided he wanted to fulfil
his original dream. He began writing for both adults and children
and became Editor of the School Magazine. Duncan is now
a full-time writer, living in Glebe with his wife and their cat,
an extremely popular school visitor and has lots to offer students
about writing stories and creating characters. One teacher said
of his visit ...'The teachers were laughing as hard as the students.
Duncan's manner with the students was fantastic! He made them
all feel important and answered all of their questions'... You
can learn more about Duncan and Selby at Selby's
Duncan's school visits:
were engaged, entertained, inspired and motivated by Duncan's
talk. While the Selby and Emily Eyefinger books were always popular,
they are even more so now. They are never on the shelves, and
I have had to buy extra copies.'
'Duncan Ball was able to catch the students' attention and maintain their interest
throughout the performance.'
'His happy and gracious disposition was wonderful. Very positive. The teachers
thought he was great and kept the girls' interest.'
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