Trevor Todd

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Trevor Todd (born 1947) is an Australian author, playwright and screenwriter.  He is the author of children’s books such as Revenge of the Three Blind Mice[1] and The Big Toe Robbery[2], and plays including With Fire in Her Heart: The Edith Cowan Story[3]. Todd is a member of the Australian Writers Guild and the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

Education[edit]

Todd attended Guildford State Primary School and Governor Stirling Senior High School before completing his teaching qualification at Graylands Teachers’ College.  Todd was a primary school teacher for 13 years and also worked at the WA Education Department for 8 years.  While working as a teacher, Todd attended the Western Australian Institute of Technology and majored in English, Film and Television, graduating in 1982.[citation needed]

Children's Fiction[edit]

Works published in 1999 included: Ingrid Rules the Waves (shortlisted in the 2001 WAYBRA awards) and Revenge of the Three Blind Mice (shortlisted in the YABBA awards), both with Margaret Hamilton Books, Sydney. 2001 saw the release of Bone Idol, (Pan MacMillan), and two readers for the Thomas Nelson series. Other works include Mason Judy, Racing Driver's Moustache, Animal Doctor, The Cockroach that Wrote a Symphony, Hop to it, Minty!, Fairy Strike! and Kneedeep.

Todd's first work for children, Mason Judy, published in 1977 by Methuen Australia, was illustrated by artist Robert Juniper and forms part of the Marcia Muir collection of Australian children's books at the National Library of Australia.

List of Works

Mason Judy (1977) Methuen. Illustrated by Robert Juniper The Cockroach that Wrote a Symphony (1979) Methuen Fairy Strike! (1980) Methuen Kneedeep (1982) Methuen The Racing Car Driver’s Moustache (1984) Hodder and Stoughton. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen Old Sam, Jasper and Mr Frank (1985) Penguin. Later also a screenplay for television. Ingrid Rules the Waves (1993) Margaret Hamilton Books Revenge of the Three Blind Mice (1999) Scholastic Bone Idol (1999) Pan Macmillan Street Sister Magic (1999) Pan Macmillan Hop To It, Minty (2000) Cengage The Big Toe Robbery (2001) Cengage Animal Doctor (2020) IP Kidz 100 Watermelons (2021) IP Kidz Feeling Blue (2021) IP Kidz

Plays[edit]

Todd wrote the play With Fire in Her Heart: The Edith Cowan Story in 2020. The play celebrates the remarkable life of Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to the Australian parliament. Director Gabrielle Metcalf and Todd worked with a team of dynamic and diverse artists from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) to realise the play, which was shown at the Fringe World Festival in Perth in 2021.[citation needed]

Todd has also written a play detailing the life of Katherine Susannah Pritchard, Australian author and co-founding member of the Communist Party of Australia.{{cn<https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110810105643709>}}

Those plays have been published under the title Dramatic Women (2021) by the Centre for Language and Landscape at Edith Cowan University

Todd has recently written Arty Facts, which is scheduled to run at the Perth Fringe Festival in 2022.

Screenwriting[edit]

Todd co-wrote Devil's Gate (2004), a thriller feature, with director Stuart St. Paul. It was filmed in January 2002 in the Shetland Isles. Produced by Alchemist Films, London, it stars Laura Fraser.[citation needed]

Old Sam, Jasper and Mr Frank (1994) Film Australia, SBS. Children’s television, starring Alwyn Kurtz.

Glad Rags, a 13 part children's television series which Todd conceived and wrote all episodes, was broadcast on the BBC, Nickelodeon UK and on the Nine Network in Australia. In 1994 he won the Australian Writers Guild AWGIE for Best Children's Television Drama with Old Sam, Jasper and Mr Frank, which was also published by Penguin Books.[citation needed]

Personal Life[edit]

Trevor Roy Todd was born in Waterlooville, England in 1947, the third child of Frederick Todd, an airforceman, and Olive Todd. The family migrated to Australia in 1952. He lives in South Perth, Western Australia, where he continues to write.{{cn<https://www.haveagonews.com.au/featured/western-australian-author-writes-his-way-through-retirement/>}}

Recently, Todd's work was recognised at the Western Australian Museum Boolya Bardip by the inclusion of works by Todd in the exhibition Innovations: Creative Minds/ Amazing Ideas.

References[edit]

  1. "Revenge of the Three Blind Mice, Trevor Todd Terry Denton (Illustrated ) - Shop Online for Books in Australia". www.fishpond.com.au. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  2. "The Big Toe Robbery". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  3. "With Fire in Her Heart: The Edith Cowan Story | Stage Whispers". www.stagewhispers.com.au. Retrieved 2021-09-10.


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