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It’s an absolute delight to have the opportunity to learn more about an Australian literary icon in a stunningly illustrated and fascinating account – the life of Patrick White, presented specifically for a middle to upper primary-aged audience. The author sharing in the launch of her school-essential resource is Toni Brisland; talented writer and poet, delivering a fortitude of insight about her literal experiences with writing about Patrick White. We hope you enjoy this journey into a remarkable literary piece of history! 

A little bit about Toni Brisland

Toni Brisland (nee Antonette Diorio) writes poetry and fiction for adults and children. Toni has always had a passion for literature and has won a number of competitions for unpublished children’s writers. She is inspired by the people in her life, animals, her extensive travels and the Australian way of doing things. Her poems have been published in Anthologies by Poetica Christi Press since 2013 and in The Heroines Anthology by Neo-Perennial Press, 2018 and 2019. In July 2019 one of her poems won an Award in the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words Poetry Competition. In July 2020 one of her poems won the Poetica Christi Press Annual Competition and will be published in their anthology “Joy in the Morning” in September 2020.

Toni is a Role Model for “Books in Homes” and was a long-standing judge of the Warringah Library Services Young Writers’ Competition. Toni’s published children’s books include the novel DemiChat series (included on the NSW and South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge Lists for Years 5 – 6 and selected readers in Years 7 – 9, 2012 – 2013).  Her Picture Books were published by Little Steps Publishing: What Now Baby Bears? (2013), about animals and humans living in harmony; and, The Tree House (2014) about a little disabled girl and her older sister who together dream big dreams.

Her non-fiction book, Patrick White; Australia’s only Nobel Laureate for Literature, was published by Little Steps Publishing and released on the 1st of August, 2020. Just Write For Kids Australia and Books On Tour PR & Marketing are thrilled to help share this inspiring book with our community.


Follow Toni at these links:

Website: www.tonibrisland.com

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Learn more about Toni Brisland as she speaks on video about her writing life and books…


In case you missed it… The official book trailer of the breathtaking biography, Patrick White…

Patrick White is available to purchase at Little Steps Publishing | Booktopia.

Come on a historical, literary journey with Toni Brisland and her stunning non-fiction book, Patrick White, with special appearances at the following media sources…

Organised by Books On Tour PR & Marketing. Email: info.booksontour@gmail.com

One thought to “Presenting Toni Brisland and her latest biography, Patrick White”

  • Norah

    Congratulations to Toni for writing a book about my favourite author.


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