Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey


Mary-Anne Fahey is an award-winning writer and performer. Her awards include an Awgie, a Logie and an Irish-dancing trophy where she came second in a competition of two.

She became a household name after her work on TV in the smash hit comedy series The Comedy Company. Since Comedy Company, Mary-Anne has toured in theatrical shows and written plays. Mary-Anne has also appeared in many series, including Get a Life, and in Kittson Fahey.

Her hidden talents include bad ventriloquism, even worse Irish dancing, and terrible tongue tricks, all of which she can be coaxed to perform at the drop of a banknote. But never at the same time.

She lives in Melbourne with one of her two children, (the other is an adult) and her partner Morris Gleitzman. Her first book I, Nigel Dorking will be out in May.

Mary-Anne Fahey is the author of chapter two of The Age MS Readathon Ultimate Story. Mary will answer your questions online about her work, her writing and perhaps her hidden talents!


Monday, May 07, 2007


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RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

hello how are you going. i was concerned that your section in the story was quite childish and i think you used too much imagination in the text. What do you think about my opinion of your story? Why did you make the plot seem so strange i hated it no offence.

james, the peninsula school
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hello James, I am very well, thankyou for enquiring. Though I am quite tired as I have been on tour, and have been very busy. Thank you for your opinion that my section of the story was quite childish and with too much imagination in the text. You asked how I felt about your opinion and I think it is a very valid one, and quite grown up for one so young. I THINK that you possibly have a career as a literary critic. It is absolutely true that too much imagination can wreck things- for example being too imaginative when cooking- if you throw too many ingredients into the dish (which I often do) It can taste disgusting (and often does). You go on to ask why I made the plot so strange, and I find this an interesting and challenging question. Do you know I think the answer might possibly be because I am strange. I have had some very tough journalists try to break me in my time James, and they have never been able to make me admit this. I Think you are very discerning and would also possibly make a great interviewer. The reason I think this is that you have extremely strong opinions. When you stated that you hated my story I felt simultaneously immensely flattered that I had provoked in you such a strong response with my part of this short story, and an intense desire to meet you one day. Good luck for the future. And I didn’t take offence. I hope you hate my Novel I Nigel Dorking as much. Let me know. The truth is james you critique is the first one I have ever had from a kid, and I am going frame it and put it on my wall and think of you often.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

helloo I'm brooke. i read your story and i thought it was quite good. I wonder whats next? xxxx.

brooke, The Peninsula School
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Brooke- thank you for letting me know you quite enjoyed the story I wrote. It is always good to get feedback. Now I have finished writing I Nigel Dorking, I have decided to write a novel about a girl called Kitty Podger.(She lovcs cats- I do to.) I am also doing some fun characters for youtube. I like acting. Do you?

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

HEY MARY-ANNE I WAS WONDERING HOW YOU CAME UP WITH YOUR IDEAS IN THE STORY?

Trixie, PENINSULA
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Trixie, you asked me about my ideas, and do you know my problem is in trying to stop ideas. I have too many. I go down the street to buy groceries and come back without any because I have been bombarded with ideas. Its called day dreaming. I just turn my day dreams into stories. I also like eaves dropping in the street or on buses as I find people quite fascinating.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

It was unusual but good. i don't get the part about the Grandma, what is it about?

Ellen, Peninsula
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Ellen. I like your name. I have a niece called Ellen and she is rather lovely. Yes I think my part of the story may well have been unusual- I am gleaning this from the response! And I am as mystified as you are about the Grandma- I will not know what happens to her until I buy today’s newspaper and read her part in it. When we write the story we do not know what the person before or after us intended with their story. So I look forward to seeing if she might have been an heroic grandma, or an irrelevant bit of story the person after me had to try and ignore! It is really quite an interesting exercise- you guys should try it in class.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Mary could you give me some more information on the chapter you wrote? Thanks

Simon, The Peninsula School
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Simon, you asked for some more information on the chapter I wrote. I really don’t have any. Except to say after I read the first chapter, I wondered whether the thing in the water should have been a huge melting glacier that had broken and was drifting toward their island, and threatening on melting to make the water levels rise, which would threaten the price of property and Kenny and his brother because their Dad was trying to sell their home to pay for an important operation for Mum, but I went the other way. What do you think I should have done?

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hey How are you? I thought your story was quite strange and extremely imaginative. Why was the whole story based on Kenny?

Simon, The Peninsula School
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi Simon. Are you the same Simon or are there two of you? I am pretty well, thanks for asking. Well I am glad you found the story imaginative, and that this was not a negative for you. It is a really interesting question you ask, why I based the story around Kenny – I actually didn’t even imagine doing otherwise as he was the focus of the previous story- or so it seemed to me. Yes I could have gone another way entirely and it didn’t even occur to me! What an interesting class you have. Discussions must be fabulous at your school.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Your story the 'pride of the worst stuntman' was a good one, but i did not unserstand a few parts such as the helicopter coming down on the boys and the boys saying go away grandmother. Are they saying go away grandmother or the helicopter -  i don't get it. over all rating six out of ten.

Mitchell, the peninsular school
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Mitchell, I am glad you thought the story was good one, and hope that this clarifies your questions- Gran is the pilot in the helicopter. She is supposed to be helping out Kenny’s brother not Kenny as Kenny is terrified of heights and gets nose bleeds. Thank you for your rating of 6 out of 10. Though if you had seen my spelling mistakes before the editor fixed them up, I fear I might have only got 5 and three quarters. It would be a lot easier at school if kids had editors for their essays wouldn’t it? Cheers.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Dear Mary-Anne Fahey I would like to know why you decided to write about Kenny and not much on Eric. Also why was plan b put in? Other wise it was all good.

Ben, Peninsula
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Ben. I wrote about Kenny because He seemed to be the main character to me in the first story, and also because I felt a bit sorry for him. His brother seemed to be giving him a hard time. So I was more sympathetic toward him. And plan b was put into action because the dolphins were swimming toward shore- the previous plan, plan a, which was to help the dolphins escape out to sea had failed. Swimming into shore meant they would be caught by Dolphin world. Does this help explain it? I hope so.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Do you have any secret talents? Kath

Katherine, Peninsula School
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hey Kath – I do have secret talents. Very bad ventriloquism, and very bad irish dancing. Not to mention being able to roll my tongue upwards and downwards.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

hi I like the story i found it was very creative from leon

leon, the peninsula school
Year 7

Tuesday, May 08, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Leon, Glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hey Mary-Anne! Its Holly and Hannah from Woodford Primary... We would like to ask you some questions about your job. Holly:How long have you been writing storyies for? Do you enjoy writing very funny and crazy stories or just plain ones? How old were you when you became an author? We both liked your ultimate story "Pride of the worst stuntman". We think your story is the best one so far, because it is so interesting and make us want to read more... Thank you for reading our questions and comments about you and your job. Hope you enjoy reading our questions. Please reply in an interesting way... P.S: We think your a VERY VERY good author.

Holly and Hannah., Woodford Primary (Victoria).
Year 5

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hello you two. I am very glad you think I am a very very good author. This pleases me immensely. And I have definitely enjoyed reading your comments. I have just written my first novel. So I have not been writing stories for long. I started when I was 49. Before that I wrote for television and acted. I think I enjoy writing crazy stories the most- you never know where they will go. Even when you are writing them! I am very glad you both liked my story, and that you want to read more. If a story makes you want to read more that is a very good thing! I too cant wait to read the next instalment!

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Hi, we want know why did you pick his sister instead of some thing worse? Why did you call the story the pride of the worst stuntman? Why did you pick bicycle stunts instead of something else?

sam and toby, woodford ps
Year 5

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi, Sam and Toby Very good questions. Well even though seeing his sister wasn’t actually as bad as say a shark, or some terrifying monster, seeing the sister did show that all their plans had gone wrong. I am an animal lover and to me, the possibility that the dolphins might be caught and mistreated is far worse that some sea monster. I hoe this answers your question. And as to why I called the story ‘the pride of the worst stuntman’ I didn’t give my story that name, the people from the newspaper must have done that. They often do that. Find good titles. I chose bicycle stunts because they are things most kids have tried at some time so they might relate to them, easily. Also I have done bicycle stunts so they were easy for me to imagine.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

How long have you been an author and why did you want to be a author?

Liam, Woodford P.S
Year 5

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Liam, I have been an author really since this my novel I Nigel Dorking was published last Monday so I am a new author, one whose career is just one week old. I like to write because I have lost of ideas and like staying in my pyjamas.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Where did you get the fabulous idea for the story? Why is the chapter so crazy? We like your story so much?

Alex and Lisa, wood P.S
Year 4

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Well I am so glad you thought my idea for the story was fabulous and that you liked it so much. The idea came to me because I am an animal lover. And I can’t take all the credit for the story being crazy because Dave Hacket who wrote the first instalment set up some pretty crazy ideas, and I just ran with them (Or wrote anyway!!) That is partly why the idea is so crazy. The other reasons I do not know, but my kids say I am a bit crazy so that might account for it?

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Where do you live? Have you written any more stories? Thank-you for letting me write to you.

Emily, Heywood seconadry
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Emily. I live in Melbourne in Carnegie. Its not too far from the beach and near the trams. I have written another story. It is a novel called ‘I, Nigel Dorking.’ Thank you for writing!

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

I thought the chapter you wrote was a bit bizarre. How did you think of the chapter you wrote? What were the kids running from?

Jayden, Heywood & District Secondary College
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Jayden. Yes you are probably right, the chapter I wrote was a bizarre one. The idea just came to me when I tried to work out what the thing they thought was a sharks fin might have been. At first I thought perhaps a dolphins fin, but then I decided to let the dolphins come later. The kids are running from the Dolphin world people, who are very angry that they, the kids have let the dolphins go.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Why do you write such bizarre stories? I like them but somethimes they are hard to understand, but they are good. Have you written any books, because i would like to read them?

Freya, Heywood
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Freya. I think this story was bizarre because it is a story that is written by various people and none of us know what the person before us actually meant- we just have to make it up, and we don’t know either what they person after us will make of what we have written....I am sorry that this was hard to understand. Perhaps you could tell me what you didn’t understand and I could help clarify for you? I have written a novel called I Nigel Dorking, which is not so bizarre. I hope you find that more easily understood. Cheers.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


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Why did you become an author?

corey, Heywood and district secondary collage
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

What inspired you to become a author?

Ashley, heywood & District Secondary
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... I was inspired to become an author because I love kids and literature. And my brain always makes up stories so I decided to share them. It is quite a fun career. And I don’t have to drive to work as as I work at home.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Who was kenny and eric running away from and how come their uncle is so mean?

Lachlan, Heywood and District Secondary College
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Lachlan, (a very nice name if I may say) Kenny and Eric are running away from the Dolphin world people, and I do not know know why that man is so mean except it may pan out in future episodes that there was a lot of money at stake and sometimes people can get quite greedy when there are large amounts of money involved. And also there are some people who are just mean people. They are to be avoided at all costs, but probably they had unhappy childhoods.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

What is 'Nigel Dorking ' about? do you have any pets? where would i be able to get your books?

Anna, Heywood and District Secondary College
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says...Hi Anna. Thanks for your questions. Nigel Dorking is about a boy, a very smart boy with a large vocabulary, a suit of armour a code of chivalry and desperate desire to win his father back from the evil Babette, who has stolen him. Yes I do have pets, cats and fish. I love animals, and my next book will star a cat. And a girl. My book will be in bookstores now, as of last Monday!

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

What is the book 'Nigel Dorking' about? It seems very interesting.

Sarah-Rose, Heywood and disrict secondary college
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hello Sarah-Rose. I am glad you think my book I, Nigel Dorking seems interesting. I will be glad to hear what you think of it when you have read it. It is an autobiography of a 12 year old boy, and his quest to save his father from the evil clutches of his stepmother Babette, and her evil hench sausage dog, Lotsa. But it is also about a lot more than that.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Where do you get your ideas from?

Sarah-Rose, Heywood and disrict secondary college
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne... Hi Sarah Rose. I get my ideas from everywhere. For instance no matter what happens, I ask ‘what if?’ So if my cat jumps up and bits my arm. Not only might that be a story about the fact that I forgot to feed my cat, but it might also be a story about what happened when I went to the doctors to get a stitch, or about taking my cat to cat obedience school. (I think such a place would be funny because one of the things I love about cats is that they WILL NOT do as they are told.) I am a bit like that.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hello Sarah-Rose. I am glad you think my book I, Nigel Dorking seems interesting. I will be glad to hear what you think of it when you have read it. It is an autobiography of a 12 year old boy, and his quest to save his father from the evil clutches of his stepmother Babette, and her evil hench sausage dog, Lotsa. But it is also about a lot more than that.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

what interested you to write for The Age Education?

Ashley, heywood & Distric Secondary
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Well Ashley, it was something I had never done before write a story and not know where someone else might take it after you have finished. And also it was such a good cause. Sometimes it is very good to help.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Where do you get your ideas from?

Anna, heywood and district secondary college
Year 7

Thursday, May 10, 2007


RE: Ask an author: Mary-Anne Fahey

Mary-Anne says... Hi Anna, how are you? I think almost anything is an idea. For instance there is a man who writes very funny verse. His name is Doug McLeod. And you could throw him any topic, and I bet he could come up with something funny. You should read his books. Our lives are full of stories real and imagined. Even just a thing that might seem as boring as a pencil, but if you imagined how it got to be there, how it was made, what it once was, and the things that it might write! A humble pencil could do anything. It might save lives. It could write the very sign that tells some innocent people to head the other way, as ahead lies a multi-tentacled monster. Or just a teacher to give them detention. Cheers

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Monday, May 14, 2007