24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

David Hunt

David Hunt is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted in both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australian Book Industry Awards. David is a historian, comedy writer and children’s book author. True Girt, the sequel, was published in 2016.


Canberra Writers Festival events

The Past Isn't Past

The past is a foreign country and writers of all kinds have been our guides and interpreters. Ranging from fact to fiction, primary sources to satire, award-winning historian Frank Bongiorno, International fiction bestseller Tracy Chevalier and tongue-in-cheek yarn-spinner David Hunt will tell us how they approach the past – as inspiration, lost story or just a good laugh.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 10.45am. Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


True Blue & Shades of Grey

While Australia is proudly proclaiming its status as a globalised economy and a social melting pot, our “traditional” ideas about national identity as an extension of sporting achievement, military heroism and our labour and cultural history are frequently called into question.

Sunday 27th August 2017, 11.30am. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

In 2013 David Hunt’s Girt turned Australian history on its head, delighting readers across the country. Now he’s back with the next hilarious chapter, True Girt.

In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling, award-winning first book, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard- drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia’s most infamous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks.

Learn how Truganini’s death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan. True Girt is Australian history but not as we know it – outrageous, surprising and very, very funny.

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia is published by Blank Inc.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

David Hunt, author of GIRT, answers Ten Terrifying Questions, Booktopia, September 2013.

David Hunt's Girt delivers our history, with humour, The Australian, April 2014.

Joe Hockey hires Girt author David Hunt as speechwriter, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 2014.

Rum, Rebels & Ratbags podcast uncovers truth about Sir Joseph Banks, ABC News, June 2015.


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