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Damian Callinan
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Damian Callinan

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Damian Callinan is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. A three-time nominee for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he is best known to TV and film audiences for his roles in Skithouse, Spicks and Specks and Backyard Ashes. His prolific live shows have seen him forge a reputation as ‘one of the best character comedians in the country’ (Herald Sun), and his solo show The Merger was adapted into a multi-award-winning screenplay penned by and starring Callinan. This story of a country Australian Rules football club who recruit refugees to make up the numbers was awarded Best Film and Screenplay at the 2019 Ozflix Independent Film Awards and is now enjoying an acclaimed second life on Netflix.

Books by Damian Callinan

Weird School

Welcome to Wally Park Primary, the Weirdest School in Australia! A weird and wonderfully funny story collection about Australia’s wackiest school!

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Weird School by Damian Callinan and Adele K. Thomas | Q&A with author Damian Callinan

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/weird-school-9781760893446 Welcome to Wally Park Primary, the Weirdest School in Australia! This book is a weird and wonderfully funny story collection about Australia’s wackiest school. Some people think that all schools are the same. They might have different uniforms, slogans and emblems but in the end, there isn’t much difference between them . . . THESE PEOPLE ARE WRONG! They have not been to Wally Park PS. A normal day at Wally Park would be the weirdest day in any other school’s history. There's an annual Extreme Walkathon that is not for the faint-hearted, a talking Naughty Tree and an Out-of-Bounds Area you might truly never return from and the meanest (and most vain) principal in Australia. Keep everything crossed that your family is not moving to Wally Park anytime soon! #WeirdSchool #DamianCallinan #AdeleKThomas