All About Simon Higgins
Simon Higgins has worked as a disc jockey, laboratory assistant, marketing manager and even as a monster on a ghost train. He also spent a decade in law enforcement – as a police officer, state prosecutor and licensed private investigator. He has a black belt in Iaido, an ancient style of swordsmanship which prizes traditional techniques and medieval samurai etiquette. He has trained and competed in Iaido contests in Japan – including before a royal audience – and placed fifth in the 2008 Iaido World Titles. As well as conducting professional development sessions for educators, Simon Higgins runs writing workshops for kids and adults in Australia and overseas.
Some of the awards Simon has won
Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book Doctor Id (1999)
Children’s/YA best-seller, Thunderfish (2000)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book Thunderfish (2000)
Shortlisted for Australia’s Ned Kelly Crime Fiction award Under No Flag (2002)
Simon Higgins, winner of Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award(2007)
Children’s/YA best-seller, Moonshadow: Eye of the Beast (2008)
Shortlisted for Aurealis Fantasy Award Moonshadow: Eye of the Beast (2008)
Readers Cup Finalist Book in three states of Australia Tomodachi:Edge of the World (2008-2009)
Simon is the writer of critically acclaimed historical adventures set in Asia, where he has trained and competed in the 500 year old art of Iaido: duelling as practiced by Edo Period Japanese warriors. His Moonshadow and Tomodachi books reveal the exciting, magical world of the shinobi (ninja), and the honour code of the medieval samurai. Since 1998 Simon Higgins has seen a dozen novels published, including 2 bestsellers (Thunderfish & Moonshadow: Eye of the Beast), 2 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books of the Year, and short-listings for the Ned Kelly Crime Fiction and Aurealis Fantasy Awards.
In 2007 he won the Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for an unpublished novel set in medieval Asia. In 2008 Simon came fifth in Iaido’s World Titles in Kyoto, Japan before His Imperial Highness Prince Munenori Kaya, and co-hosted the Aurealis Awards in Australia before an audience including Her Excellency the governor of Queensland. Simon holds a black belt in Iaido, awarded by masters from the All Japan Iaido Federation, but regards himself as ‘merely an earnest beginner’. He speaks a little Japanese and is a student of the Eastern approach to living known as Zen.
He teaches creative writing, demonstrates both of the hypnotic and graceful martial arts he trains in and promotes literacy in schools throughout Australia. He has been a guest lecturer in several Australian universities and taught creative writing in international schools in Asia.
Simon’s novels have been chosen for study by many Australian schools as Asian history and culture curriculum texts. His Moonshadow ninja series is published in Australia by Random House and in several other countries including the US with Little, Brown, the publishers of the Twilight series.
In 2010 Simon was made an Ambassador for Asia Literacy by the Australian government’s Asia Education Foundation. He has spent time in China, is a big fan of Feng Shui and traditional Chinese medicine and studies Mandarin and Kung Fu.
Reviews and Recommendations
“Just wanted to say how well Simon’s visit went yesterday. He had the attention of all Year 8 during his presentation and it was a great mixture of humour, interesting facts and stories of his previous careers. They loved the martial arts display too! Our head teacher called in and watched for as long as she was able to and commented on how good he was. The workshop was great as well and the students that attended produced some great opening paragraphs. Simon was able to answer all their questions about life in Australia too – mostly about snakes, koalas and crocodiles!” Jo Huett – Rossett School
“Our visit was absolutely amazing. Simon Higgins was absolutely fantastic really really brilliant. So engaging for the boys which was just wonderful. If he is ever in the UK again please let me know we would really love him to work with us again. Can’t praise him enough to be honest. He had a class of 50 quite challenging pupils silent for nearly two hours just engrossed in what he was saying. The teacher said he’s never seen them so quiet.” Sara-Jane Loughran – Westborough High School
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Simon Higgins, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on Simon is available from his website: http://simonhiggins.net/