Author Peter Fitzsimons will visit Ipswich.
Author Peter Fitzsimons will visit Ipswich. Contributed

Famous author to meet fans in Ipswich

FANS of Peter FtizSimons will have the opportunity to meet the renowned journalist, sports star and author at two events in Ipswich this month.

Mr FitzSimons will be appearing at the Ipswich Central Library on Thursday, November 29 and at the Springfield Central Library on Friday, November 30, as part of the 'An evening with series'.

Ipswich City Council Library Services manager Sylvia Swalling said FitzSimons, renowned for his distinctive red bandanna, promised an enthralling conversation.

"Peter is celebrated as one of Australia's most successful non-fiction authors and his 2018 release, Monash's Masterpiece, joins a long list of bestselling titles including Burke and Wills, Ned Kelly, Kokoda and Tobruk," she said.

FitzSimons grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales as one of seven children. He attended Knox Grammar School and was an exchange student in the US before completing an arts degree at the University of Sydney.

He is a former national representative rugby union player, has been chair of the Australian Republic Movement since 2015 and works as a journalist, radio and television presenter and author.

His service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator as well as his contributions to community conversations on disability care, social welfare and sport saw him awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

"Ipswich Libraries is proud to host two Evenings with Peter FizSimons and both will be Auslan interpreted," Ms Swalling said.

"Our author events are very popular with past 'Evening with' events having included evenings with Matthew Reilly and Judy Nunn.

"An Evening with Peter FitzSimons will be no exception."

To book your free place at an Evening with Peter FitzSimons visit www.ipswichlibraries.com.au or phone 3810 6815.