Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) is one of Australia's most prolific and successful authors. He has written 20 books which have been translated into 27 different languages, and have been sold in 115 different countries. Greive's work has won multiple awards worldwide and has sold more than 20 million copies. He lives mostly in Tasmania, Australia.
Greive was born in Hobart, Tasmania to Dr Trevor Colin Greive and Nita Fay Greive, and spent his childhood living with his parents and sisters in numerous countries across Europe and Asia. He returned to Australia in 1979 to finish his schooling at Tweed Valley College in Sydney, where he was awarded Dux in 1988.
Greive served as a paratrooper after leaving high school, and underwent training at the Royal Military College in Duntroon. He continued to serve in this capacity until 1993, when he left the military due to an infection that led to asthma. Greive subsequently worked across several creative fields (including media such as television, radio and published cartoons) before his debut as a successful author in 2000, which led to the inception of BTG Studios and the uptake of several notable creative projects, which he continues to work on to the present.
Greive rose to prominence as an author in 2000 with the release of his hugely successful Blue Day Book, a collection of amusing animal photos and inspirational text designed to "lift the spirits of anyone who has got the blues." Since then he has published in excess of 20 books and has won numerous awards for his work, including the ABA Book of the Year Award (2000), the APA Best Designed Children’s Non-fiction Book Award (2003) and numerous #1 placings in bestseller lists across the world. Greive's work has been published on 6 continents and has sold in excess of 20 million copies to date.
Television and radio
In 1996 Greive became a creative consultant and writer for Godfrey Bigot's weekly political sketches on Channel 7's Today Tonight, and went on to pursue a similar role in 1997 with MTV Australia. In 2003, Greive collaborated with Kapow Pictures to write and direct an animated short for Nickelodeon called Agent Green, and a short film called Show & Tell which won the Comgraph Animation Gold Award, the Tellrude Film Festival Best Short Film Award, the Danish International 3D Award, and was nominated for an AFI Award.
In 2007 he produced and hosted The World According to Bradley Trevor Greive on Tasmania's community radio station Star FM and produced two sell out performances of An Intimate Evening with John Cleese - starring John Cleese and featuring Richard Morecroft, one with Paul Chesher and 4D Events.
Shortly after retiring from his career as a paratrooper in 1993, Greive worked in several entry-level positions in the advertising, modelling and service industries which he has described as "creatively enlightening". In 1994 Greive went on to become the youngest feature cartoonist at the Sydney Morning Herald, and launched a series of cartoons known as Fate which featured in the Manly Art Gallery and Museum Newsletter. Greive continued to explore his graphical creativity in 1995 with the launch of the Bradley Trevor Greive Cartoon Series in the Sydney Morning Herald. Greive's work was later exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1997.
Greive has supported numerous conservation, arts and literacy initiatives and projects around the world, and presently holds the following offices:Founding Governor - The Taronga Foundation,Chairman - The Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize,Life Benefactor - Durrell Wildlife Conservational Trust (UK), Patron - Painted Dog Conservation Inc (Africa), International Conservation Ambassador - Fort Worth Zoo (USA), Board Member - Australia Poetry Centre, Ambassador - Dymocks Literacy Foundation.
Greive has also qualified for the Russian Space program by completing testing at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow, and in 2006 won the French Polynesian Ha'a'piti Rock lifting championships.