Phil Cummings had his first book published by Omnibus/Penguin in 1989 and has
since written over sixty books for children.
In 1998 Phil was awarded the Carclew Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival of
Arts. In 2002 his novel Breakaway was a Children’s Book Council of Australia, Notable
He is an ambassador to the Premier’s Reading
Challenge in South Australia and has been named South Australia’s National Literacy
and Numeracy Champion three times.
He was also South Australia’s Ambassador to
Canberra for National Literacy and Numeracy Week in 2008.
Phil’s novel Take it Easy Danny Allen was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 2009.
In 2009 Phil had the honour of being asked to write the Wang Wang and Funi picture book for the pandas
now residing at the Adelaide Zoo. Profits from the sale of the book go to the pandas and
2011 saw the release of Phil’s much awaited picture book Winter’s Blanket a
collaboration with renowned illustrator Donna Gynell.
2011 also saw the return season of Boom Bah! the best-selling play, which was created by
Windmill theatre based on Phil’s book of the same name. Suitable for young children, the
play was staged at the Space Theatre in the Adelaide Festival Centre from June 30 to July 16, 2011.
More recently, The Adelaide Festival of Music has commissioned John Schumann of Redgum fame to write a suite of songs based on Phil’s novel Danny Allen was here to be performed by primary school choirs in over 300 schools in the 2012 public schools choir festival.
Phil will also be a state ambassador for the National Year of Reading in 2012.