Author visits and workshops


David Laing, published author of the young adult ‘Forest’ trilogy, ‘Forest Spirit’, Forest Shadows’ and ‘Forest Secrets’ is available for school presentations.

Writing Stories –Upper Primary/Lower Secondary.  Writing techniques: finding ideas; plotting; establishing characters; avoiding common mistakes; techniques for improving the story.

Author presentations and workshops with school groups would include many aspects of writing including time spent with Aboriginal students and communities whilst teaching and living in outback South Australia and the Northern Territory.

School visits are charged at the following rates:

$295.00 – per school session – (45 minutes)

$395.00 – half school day – (90 minutes, i.e. 2 x 45 minute sessions).

$575.00 – whole school day – (180 minutes, i.e. 4 x 45 minutes sessions).

$2,450.00 – weekly school rate – (5 days, i.e. 180 minutes per day).

There are no booking fees, administration charges or GST if booking direct with David. Fees as at June 2013. These fees are below the recommended ASA suggested rates for Australian authors.


Name:        David William Laing

Address:    40/35 Moriarty Street, Deloraine Tasmania 7304



During his teaching and sporting career, David has met and associated with many different characters both in the city and outback areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory.  Now, as a full time author, he draws inspiration for his writings from these characters.  For instance, his first young adult novel, ‘Forest Spirit’, resulted largely from his work as a school principal in the Northern Territory where he mixed with cattle station owners, station workers’, bush policemen, Chinese shopkeepers and other local folk.  He also came to know and teach Aboriginal people, both tribal and town dwelling.

Having retired from the Education Department, David now devotes his time to writing.  As a keen sportsman, he played football and cricket for Port Adelaide and has since coached several country football sides. As a Level 2 Bowls Coach, he was also the Tasmanian State coach for the under 18 lawn bowls side.


BeEd, Dip T.

Aboriginal Studies A

Aboriginal Studies B

Aboriginal Studies C

Post graduate:

Teaching Strategies in Aboriginal schools, 1 &2

Social and Political Setting of Education Administration

Education Administration

Communication & Human Understanding

Education in Cultural Diversity

General Principles of Curriculum Design & Development.

Community Involvement.

Played league football for Port Adelaide, 1960;

Coached local football teams in the various townships;

Managed junior cricket sides in the various townships;

Coached the Tasmanian Lawn Bowls U19 side, 2008. This necessitated obtaining a good character check which is validated to 2014.

Co-ordinator for the Australian Sports Commission Active After School Communities programme in the Meander Valley area, Tasmania.

Currently involved with school author visits and to date has given approximately fifty presentations for students.

Also currently –author of the ‘Forest’ trilogy comprising three Young Adult novels, ‘Forest Spirit’, ‘Forest Shadows’, and Forest Secrets’,  and also co-author of a young children’s book, ‘A Tumble in Time,’ written as a fund raiser for the Franklin House, Launceston, National Trust.   My current publisher is Woodslane Press and Boiling Billy Publications.


















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I look forward to reading your third book - well done.

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