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Harry Laing, reading 'Shoctopus, The Underwater Boss'

Harry Laing is a poet, children’s author, creative writing teacher and comic performer with a passion for poetry, comic performance and for teaching. As a poet he's had two books published Thirst (1993) and Backbone (2010). His first book as a children’s author, Shoctopus–poems to grip you (2015) is a book of illustrated poems for 6-12 yr olds. He's written and performed 8 solo shows and toured one of them, 'Away with the birds' for STARTS (Southern Tablelands Arts). Harry was awarded CASP grants to write and perform a two-hander 'Playing for Time' in 2012 and a staged radio show 'Under Braidwood' in 2014. He has also written for radio. His two series of quirky country tales Stories from the edge of the forest and Tales of a Tree Changer were broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph in 2005/2006. Harry has a website presence at