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Robert Moore

Genres: Australiana, Erotic, Experimental, Literary Fiction, Picture Books, Young Adult,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

Robert Moore grew up on a hop and raspberry farm in 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.  Robert was artistic director of Circa 1900 a community festival centred in and around historical Port Adelaide in 1982. As a pianist he has played for countless revues and concerts.

In 1984 he tried to build the world’s largest liver-Largely Liver- in the Outer Harbour Passenger Terminal near Port Adelaide, but due to much artistic cirrhosis this project is in remission but will make a regenerative comeback sometime soon  with the aid of  today’s new technologies. Interestingly, The Australia Council provided money for the supervising artists to build Largely Liver but the Community Employment Program people thought that employment involving education, fun, artistic expression and creative bile could not be countenanced.

Robert has worked as a performance artist. One of his most acclaimed shows was Carcass-Affirmative Action for Dead Lamb. This performance featured a combination of poetry, piano, mime and mutton. It was sponsored by Suppository International by arrangement with Scurf Australia and hit the boards after the initial failure of the liver.

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.

As a writer he has had numerous articles, poetry and short stories published 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 was released in June 2011. Adelaide animators Monkeystack are the illustrators.  The idea is to transfer the story into an animated feature at a later date. The publisher is IP Kidz Queensland.

Robert was awarded an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) from Adelaide College of the Arts (Adelaide TAFE) in 2004. An adult novel, Hard Pressed was written as part of this course and Robert received in depth mentoring throughout the writing of the manuscript.

Robert’s play Brewing received $18 000 funding from The Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust for creative development under the direction of the late Geoff Crowhurst in 2008/9.  Robert 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).

In 2012 MLR Press published Pecking Disorder and Hard Pressed. Robert was invited to the Gay Romance Literature Conference in Albuquerque New Mexico for the launch and signing of these books. Robert was awarded a grant from ArtsSA to travel to the conference.

Robert was a guest presenter at the Salisbury Writers’ Festival in August 2013. Brewing was given a play reading with CentrStage and the University of Tasmania as part of TasPride in early November and Hard Pressed had its Australian launch in conjunction with Feast and The City of Salisbury on November 17.

His short story Mother Tongue has  been selected from over fifty submissions by the Film and Television Department at ACArts to be produced as a film by third year students. This will be screened December 7 along with three other films in The Mercury Cinema.

A children’s Picture Book, Noelene Knows Best, is due for release with Featherweight Press in the US shortly.  (Further information at:

Books Published

About Face

IP Press () - 2011


Macmillan () - 2004

Raspberry Rat

Macmillan () - 2003

Noelene Knows Best

Featherweight Press

- 2014

Hard Pressed

MLR Press

- 2012