Dr Dennis Glover

Dr Dennis Glover is a professional speechwriter and author.

He has worked as a policy adviser and speechwriter on the staff of Kim Beazley, Simon Crean, Mark Latham, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan, and has written speeches for many other ministers and opposition leaders at the federal and state levels. His current clients include senior political, business, community, public sector and academic leaders.

He is a columnist for the Australian Financial Review and contributes essays and comment to The Age, the ABC and other media. He has in the past written opinion for The Australian. His essay "Doveton" appeared in The Best Australian Essays 2014. Dennis also comments on political and cultural matters on radio and television.

Dennis is the author of The Art of Great Speeches (CUP 2010) and Orwell's Australia (Scribe 2003).

His forthcoming books are: An Economy is not a society: Winners and losers in the new Australia (Black Inc. forthcoming August 2015), which examines the effect on Australia of the policies of creative destruction over the last 30 years; and Nineteen Forty-Eight (Black Inc. forthcoming 2016), which is an historical novel telling the story of how George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four.

He has edited two volumes of Labor Essays and has contributed essays to numerous edited collections of academic and political books.

Dennis graduated B.A. with first-class honours from Monash University in 1987, winning the Ian Turner Prize for history. He also graduated PhD in history from the University of Cambridge in 1996, where he was a Cambridge Australia Scholar and member of King's College. His doctoral thesis was on the classical origins of the political thought of the Leveller movement in the English Revolution.

While at King's he worked as a conserver of the private book collection of John Maynard Keynes.

He is a frequent guest lecturer on speech-writing at various Australian universities and schools and runs a regular course on public sector speech-writing to the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Dennis is a founding fellow of the think tank Per Capita.

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