The Chronicles of Almythea
A.J. looks forward to meeting all of his fans in Brisbane in November 2019.
A.J. will give a Q&A panel over the weekend, and sign autographs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Brisbane, at the Almythea stand.
Brisbane: 1:30pm Saturday, 9 November
A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems.
Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged both his imagination and altruism. The Star Wars films are his favorites. Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway all left an indelible impression on the young man.
Hemingway’s intrepid spirit inspired A.J. to seek out adventures of his own. Some of Cootes’ life highlights include: running with the bulls in Pamplona, camping at Everest base camp, surfing overhead waves at Cloudbreak reef in Fiji and standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. He is a qualified abseiling, caving, and skiing instructor and has also worked as a cruise director and whale-watching guide.
Today, he lives a quieter life on a farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop.
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
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