Award-winning satirist Casey Bennetto to host 14th Australian Book Industry Awards

The writer of hit musical KEATING!, award-winning satirist and musician, Casey Bennetto, will host the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs).

Casey Bennetto

Casey said today, “I’m rapt to be involved with the Australian Book Industry Awards – so rapt that I took the time to spell ‘rapt’ correctly. We’re talking about a night of festive colour and enchantment, a fabled engagement with the ‘book trade’ and its most illustrious denizens, a celebration of the many achievements that stud another banner year for Australian publishing. What’s not to be excited about? I plan to wear a spiffy suit and may even be moved to song for the occasion – but I encourage you to attend in spite of that.”

The multi-talented performer, whose dramaturgical credits include Eddie Perfect’s SHANE WARNE: THE MUSICAL and a contribution to Company B’s THE ADVENTURES OF SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE, recently wrote and recorded the score for hit ABC TV comedy LOWDOWN.

“We’re delighted to have Casey compere this year’s book awards,” said James Kellow, Chair of the ABIAs organising committee and Harper Collins Australia CEO. “If you like a little satire, a bit of singing and lots of laughs, then it promises to be a very entertaining night!”