Archie Fusillo

Archimede (Archie) Fusillo, the son of Italian migrants, was born and grew up in Melbourne.  Surrounded by wonderful storytellers, he learnt early on the value of stories in shaping our lives and connecting people, irrespective of backgrounds.

He studied at Melbourne University and since then has worked as a secondary school English Teacher in Victoria, where he was nominated by his students for the Victorian Teacher Excellence Awards.  He also has an extensive background as a features editor for two international magazines and has written short stories, plays and two school textbooks for secondary schools - Short Stories: Reading to Write and Network Media.

Archie's first novel for teenagers, Sparring With Shadows, was published in 1997 to great critical acclaim.  The story, while not autobiographical, draws on his own experiences growing up in an Italian family in Melbourne.  About this book Archie says, "I have tried to show that boys do have emotions, are vulnerable, and that it is acceptable to express their feelings.  There is a constant duality of feeling one way and having to appear another."  Sparring With Shadows was listed as a Children's Book Council Notable Book.

Archie's second novel for teenagers, The Dons, was published in 2001.  Both The Dons and Sparring With Shadows are now audio books, and The Dons won the 2001-2002 Australian Therapists YA Book of the Year Award.  He has also written four stories for younger readers, Let it Rip!, Game or Not, Bragging Reggie and The Great Switcheroo, all part of the popular Aussie Bites series.  Other titles include An Earful of StaticUncorked and Grandad's Phase, a picture book illustrated by Terry Denton.  His most recent books for young adults are Last of the Braves, Bruises, On the Mat and in 2014 he released Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night.

As a full-time writer, Archie travels widely, conducting writing workshops for school students and for adults in various community based projects.  In his words, "Writing should be fun, never a chore, even if the craft of writing itself demands discipline and application."  He is one of Australia's most in-demand and successful presenters of author talks and workshops and his versatility means he can communicate to, and cater for, a range of abilities and interests.

The Literature Centre congratulates Archie as winner of the prestigious 2012 Primio Globo Tricolore Literature Prize.  This award honours those of Italian descent who have made a significant cultural impact abroad through their work.  Archie is also the recipient of the ISS Institute International Fellowship (Literature).

After a successful time as Author in Residence in 2014, Archie will be returning to our Centre in Term 1, 2015 as presenting author for the Talented Young Writers Programme in Hedland and Newman. 

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