David Walliams @ The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne

It was an absolute treat to see David Walliams at The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne along with lots of very enthusiastic children holding copies of their favourite books.

 

You could feel the excitement in the air as we waited for David to appear on stage to talk with Meshel Laurie. David Walliams is very tall. He has a rich, deep voice, a very proper English accent and is very funny!

 

David began by telling us that it is a thrill to write children’s books and a wonderful responsibility. He likes that books last a long time and that they can be treasured (and you can keep writing as you get old!). He believes he is very lucky that his books have been illustrated by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross who help bring his characters to life. David has written TV shows but he wasn’t sure he if he could write books. (I’m sure his readers are very glad he gave it a go!) Today, David Walliams is regularly called “The New Roald Dahl”. His favourite Roald Dahl book when he was growing up was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Writing Tips….

David finds ideas anywhere and everywhere and always has a notebook handy to record his ideas

When he writes, David thinks of how he saw the world when he was a 12 year old boy

David says it’s a good idea to create a really good villain for your stories. The dreadful Aunt Alberta in Awful Auntie is his latest villain. We laughed out loud as he read how Aunt Alberta raised and trained her owl Wagner who is very much her ‘baby’ and they even wear matching pyjamas!!

 Did you know…

David Walliams’ own grandmother was the idea for his book Gangsta Granny

His character Raj is based on David’s own newsagent owner just up the road from him

David’s favourite book that he has written is Mr Stink. (He surprised himself that he could write a tender story!)

David has met the Queen four times. He doesn’t know if the Queen knows she is in his book Gangsta Granny!

David plays the Prime Minister in the Mr Stink movie

Mr Stink is coming to Sydney as a stage production in 2016

Fans of David Walliams will be very excited to hear that he is currently working on his next book about a boy who helps his grandfather escape from a high security old people’s home…sounds like another fun adventure to me!

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4 thoughts on “David Walliams @ The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne

  1. Hi Jocelyn,

    I’m glad you like the photos. Did you click on them to make them larger?

    It was great to see David Walliams in person and I really loved hearing him read from his books with such wonderful expression. I was disappointed I couldn’t get our books signed, but the line was so long I might have still been there for breakfast!

    Miss Y 🙂

  2. With such creative names like Aunt Alberta and Wagner I can see why so many get hooked on David’s books.I hope the stage show comes to Melbourne too.
    Mrs S

  3. Hi Mrs S,

    There are so many great reasons to read David Walliams’ books! I think some of your grandsons would really enjoy them…

    Miss Y 🙂

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