Available for readings, lectures and interviews, Campbell also actively participates in literature and writers' festivals.
Campbell has done residencies at Peter Cowan Writers Centre (2008), Jacobs University (2011) and Fellowship of Australian Writers WA (2012).
Best from the East
'The Bicycle Teacher' made this distinguished list of the best books about the former East Germany.
The Road Warrior
In October, Campbell travelled to Austria for readings at the English Center in Salzburg and Shakespeare & Co in Vienna. He also ran creativity lessons at two schools in Salzburg.
New book in 2017
Rippple Books has released a collection of Campbell's journalism, essays, articles and non-fiction stories under the title 'Greetings from'. A book launch took place on December 11, 2106, in Hamburg, with the official release in February (Australia) and March (UK/Europe).
Articles and accolades
Campbell wrote an article for the Telegraph about the good and bad of travel guidebook updating, and was profiled as a travel expert on Just About Travel. Plus, the first accolades have come in for 'Greetings from', with the book named a Distinguished Favourite in the travel category of the Independent Press Award and a finalist in the travel category of the Indie Book Awards.
For Greetings from, Campbell did a lot of radio interviews in Australia, including 2UE, 2GB and 6PR. On ABC Radio Brisbane, he recently spoke to Kelly Higgins-Devine, with the interview starting at 1:33.20. He also ran a workshop at the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) on Feb 19, gave talks at Mundaring Library (March 4) and the Grove Library (March 15), and wrote an article about the Art of Armchair Travel for The West Australian.
On the road
Here's a recent interview Campbell did with Tabetha Rogers-Beggs about all things writing.
In August, Campbell attended the Alpinale Kurzfilmfestival in Nenzing, Austria, where 'Mikelis' was shown in competition. Campbell wrote the short story on which the film was based. In November, 'Mikelis' also screened at the Aesthetica Film Festival in York, which Campbell attended.
Campbell's work with refugees in Hamburg, which takes place through the THC Rot-Gelb cricket club, has been documented in the Spiegel (German only).
The scribing game
Campbell gave a talk on 28 February at the KSP Writers Centre in Greenmount, WA, titled "The Scribe: how to make a living as a writer when there's no money in writing."
In February, Campbell gave a workshop at the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) about creating and writing under a pseudonym.
There's nothing like Frankfurt
Campbell gave a lecture about Australian advertising at Goethe University in Frankfurt on July 8. The lecture covered tourism ads, such as Where the bloody hell are you? and There's nothing like Australia, and also included some great beer ads, like the You can get it... VB ads.
Cricket in Hamburg
The Hamburger Abendblatt recently ran a story about Campbell's involvement with the THCC cricket club. Read it here (in German only). Campbell was made club captain in 2015.
University of Hamburg
In the semester break, Campbell ran two week-long writing workshops at the University of Hamburg: for professional writing and creative writing.
Green & Gold
A proud Aussie, Campbell was a member of Team Australia for the World Age Group Championships of Triathlon in London Sept 11-15. He raced in the sprint and Olympic distance. Check out the purathletes blog for his daily reports.
Australia Alumni in Frankfurt
On 15 March at Goethe University, Campbell spoke at the Alumni Reunion hosted by the Australian Trade Commission (Germany) in partnership with the Australian Embassy and the Goethe University Department of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures.
Residency in Perth
In November and December, Campbell was writer-in-residence at the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). The residency took place at Mattie Furphy House. During this time, he also got a game with Swanbourne Cricket Club.
Interview with the non-Vampire Writer
With thanks to Christina Neubauer for the interview.
Aussie Kulcha in Berlin
Campbell read with Ambassador Peter Tesch as part of the Berlin Sofa series on October 29. It was a tremendous success.
Australian Times interview
While in London, Campbell was interviewed by the Australian Times. On page 8.
Festival in France
At the end of September, Campbell was part of the Australia Festival in Divonne-les-Bains.
On the hunt again
Rippple Books has published a new edition of Hunter.
True Blue Tucker has picked up the bronze medal in the Australia/NZ fiction section of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Back to school
Campbell recently read from True Blue Tucker and Hunter at the Berlin International School. Many thanks to Rainer Weyerts, the BIS staff and the students who took part.
Campbell's latest book True Blue Tucker follows the story of two Australian men who open a restaurant in Munich that tells the real history of Australia.
Talking in London
Campbell was one of the guests on Sunday in the Apartment, a showcase for Australian talent hosted by Nick Hardcastle at Kettners Restaurant.
Campbell was the Sparda Bank Hannover Stiftung Writer in Residence at Jacobs University in October and participated in the globale° literature festival in Bremen.
In September, Campbell gave the first reading of True Blue Tucker to an audience at the European Association for Studies of Australia conference in Presov, Slovakia.
Australia course returns at the University of Hamburg
In the summer semester, Campbell ran his Australian Culture course, as well as two writing courses, at the University of Hamburg.
Lecturing in Lisbon
Campbell was recently invited to give a lecture at the University of Lisbon, as part of the Australian Literature Course. Thanks go out to host Mario Bastos and to Carmen Costa of the Australian Embassy in Lisbon for facilitating the contact. Campbell also had the pleasure of meeting the Ambassabor, Mr Patrick Lawless.
Reading at Cafe Deike
Campbell read from Hunter at the Cafe Deike in Hamburg on 10 February. Good crowd, warm atmosphere, despite the weather, and the reading was kicked off (or ruined?) with Campbell tinkling the ivories for the first half hour.
During the winter semester, Campbell ran two writing courses at the University of Hamburg.
Interview of the week
Campbell was recently interviewed by the Hamburg Express.
Lectures in Bonn and Cologne
In June, Campbell gave lectures at the universities in Bonn and Cologne, both concerning Australian identity and how Australian history influences and impacts literature. In Cologne, he also ran a writing workshop.
New semester, new courses
In the summer semester, Campbell ran three courses at the University of Hamburg: Australian Culture, Creative Writing and Preparing to Go Overseas.
The hallowed halls of Heidelberg
In January, Campbell ran a weekend writing workshop at the University of Heidelberg. Thank you to Peter Bews for organising the visit and to all the students who participated. Hopefully there will be a return leg in the next semester.
Short and sweet
The November issue of Spotlight Magazine has a short story by Campbell called Connectivity.
In Goethe's footsteps
November saw Campbell invited to give a lecture and reading at the University of Leipzig. The lecture was well received while the reading sparked some interesting and lively discussion.
Campbell paid a quick visit to Oxford in October. He held a lecture on the Moselle River at the Anglo-German Association and gave a reading at Cowley Library.
Campbell recently attended a writers workshop at the University of Konstanz. He read from Hunter (sharing the stage with Frank Moorhouse) and gave a workshop on characterisation and point of view. Thanks to Professor Christa Knellwolf King for facilitating this visit and to all the attendees whose work Campbell had the chance to read and review.
Hunter shortlisted at book festival
The 2009 New York Book Festival (www.newyorkbookfestival.com) gave Hunter an honourable mention in the fiction category.
Hunter wins book award
Hunter has won the general fiction category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (www.indiebookawards.com) and finished runner-up in the overall fiction category. The results will be posted on the Indie Book Awards website in a few weeks.
Springtime in Vienna
Campbell had the pleasure to read to an almost full house at Shakespeare & Co on 23 March. It was a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Guy Perlaki and the bookshop crew (may the Lord bless independent bookshops), and thank you to the Australian Embassy for their support. And lastly, a big thank you to all those who attended. The collective brain power gathered that evening could easily change the world for the better.
Thank you to all who attended the book launch at the Down Under Bar in Hamburg on 4 March. The pleasant crowd and cosy atmosphere made for a very enjoyable evening.
Writer in Residence in Perth
In December, Campbell was writer-in-residence at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre in Perth. He ran workshops at the centre and at the Milmeray Writers Retreat.
Short story included in FAWWA Anthology 2008
Campbell's short story, 8.26am Mill Point Road Exit, was selected from nearly 400 entries to be part of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) 2008 Anthology Lines in the Sand.
Garnering interest in Vienna
Campbell read from The Bicycle Teacher at Shakespeare & Co Bookshop in Vienna in January. He was also interviewed on Radio FM4 while a number of local publications and websites got behind the reading, including www.vienna-life.com, www.virtualvienna.net, www.austriantimes.at and www.ethermagazine.at. The Australian Embassy in Vienna also supported the event.
Hamburg readings attract new fans
In February and March very entertaining readings were held at the Hasenschaukel and the Language Lounge in Hamburg. The audiences prove that Campbell is fast building a loyal fan base in his current city of residence. In a review late in 2006, The Hamburg Express called The Bicycle Teacher "A compelling novel about Cold War societies and the human face of socialist states."
Back in Berlin
October saw Campbell on a brief yet successful promotion tour to Berlin. He did two readings, one to a full house at the Australian Embassy, and another at the famous Kaffee Burger, organized by a local magazine, the Ex Berliner. Eve Lucas, book reviewer for the magazine, had this to say about The Bicycle Teacher: "The novel opens a cupboard of no-frills narrative skill that is deliberately bare, furnishing it with a view of East Germany that authentically bespeaks hard work and hard-earned pleasures."