Jennings, Paul (1943-)

Also known as
Wilson, Peter (1943-)
Field of activity
Writer; Teacher
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Paul Jennings was born in England in 1943 and came to Australia at the age of six. He grew up in Melbourne and was educated and trained as a teacher there. He later studied speech therapy and for six years worked with disabled and socially deprived children. He has been a lecturer in special education and then a senior lecturer in language and literature at Warrnambool Institute of Education in country Victoria while writing part-time. Jennings wrote his first book Unreal, which was published in 1985, partly in response to his son's boredom with the book he was currently reading. He returned to Melbourne in 1989 with his family to become a full-time writer because of his involvement with the TV series 'Round the Twist' produced by the Australian Television Foundation for which he wrote all thirteen scripts. It became a top rating children's program shown in over forty countries around the world. Paul Jennings is one of Australia's best loved children's writers, and has been the recipient of numerous literary awards. His many novels and collections for children of all ages are entertaining, quirky and sometimes spooky. In Singenpoo Strikes Again (1998) Jennings uses the cat Singenpoo to explore the experiences of young children learning to read. Jennings demonstrates that the uneven process can ultimately lead to mastering reading and a love of books. Jennings's books include the collections Unbelievable (1986), Quirky Tails (1988) and Uncanny (1988), and the novels The Cabbage Patch Fib (1989), The Paw Thing (1989) and Undone: More Mad Endings (1995). In 2000 he published a six volume series of adventure stories. His novel Tongue-Tied! was published in 2002. His books have been translated into many languages.

In 1986, Paul Jennings wrote a story in the Age newspaper titled 'Goodbye, My Son' under the pseudonym 'Peter Wilson'. The story related to Jennings' adopted Aboriginal son, Andrew.

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  1. Round the twist
    Australian Children's Television Foundation
    [ Video : 1900-2015 ]
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    Round the twist
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  2. A Wizard lit master to Paul Jennings / Judy Dwyer
    Dwyer, Judy
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    At 17 libraries
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  3. Don't look now. Paul Jennings & Andrew Weldon
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2013-2016 ]
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    At 106 libraries
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  4. Rascal goes fishing / Paul Jennings ; illustrated by Bob Lea
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2006-2010 ]
    At 82 libraries
    Rascal goes fishing / Paul Jennings ; illustrated by Bob Lea
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  5. Paul Jennings' funniest stories / Paul Jennings
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 1900-2007 ]
    At 91 libraries
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  6. How Hedley Hopkins did a dare, robbed a grave, made a new friend who might not have really been there at all, and while he was at it committed a terrible sin which everyone was doing even though he didn't know it / Paul Jennings ; read by Jerome Prid...
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book, Audio book : 2005 ]
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    How Hedley Hopkins did a dare, robbed a grave, made a new friend who might not have really been there at all, and while he was at it committed a terrible sin which everyone was doing even though he didn't know it / Paul Jennings ; read by Jerome Pride
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  7. Rascal and the dragon droppings / Paul Jennings. ; illustrated by Bob Lea
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2006-2011 ]
    At 87 libraries
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  8. Rascal and the monster / Paul Jennings ; illustrated by Bob Lea
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2006-2010 ]
    At 83 libraries
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  9. Little Rascal to the rescue / Paul Jennings ; illustrated by Bob Lea
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2006-2011 ]
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  10. The reading bug - and how you can help your child to catch it / Paul Jennings ; illustrations by Andrew Weldon
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 1900-2008 ]
    At 137 libraries
    The reading bug - and how you can help your child to catch it / Paul Jennings ; illustrations by Andrew Weldon
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  1. Round the twist
    Australian Children's Television Foundation
    [ Video : 1900-2015 ]
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    Round the twist
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  2. A Wizard lit master to Paul Jennings / Judy Dwyer
    Dwyer, Judy
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    At 17 libraries
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  3. Address by Paul Jennings
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Sound : 1989 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  4. Paul Jennings : the boy in the story is always me : a biography / by Matthew Ricketson
    Ricketson, Matthew, 1958-
    [ Book, Audio book : 2000-2002 ]
    At 69 libraries
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  5. The Paul Jennings story! produced and directed by Cheryl Shepherd
    Appleseed Productions (Vic.)
    [ Video : 1992 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  6. The strap-box flyer : teaching notes. / written by Wendy Cowey
    Jennings, Paul, 1943-
    [ Book : 2007 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  7. Paul Jennings
    Victoria. Ministry of Education
    [ Video : 1989 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  8. Cover to cover. produced by Education Shop, Ministry of Education, Victoria ; producer/director Lily Steiner
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  9. Bizarre. written by Kathryn Methven and Merise Feneley
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    [ Book : 1994-1995 ]
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  10. Cover to cover, Paul Jennings / produced by the Education Shop, Ministry of Education, Victoria
    Victoria. Ministry of Education
    [ Video : 1989 ]
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