The Book Garden now Stocking Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming

Announcing that Magic Fish Dreaming is now stocked by The Book Garden.

Looking forward to Magic Fish Dreaming reaching more schools and childcare centres!

About The Book Garden

The Book Garden is proudly Australian owned and currently celebrating 38 years.  They are part of the American Bookstore and have a physical location in Brisbane.

“Our Story

A momentous event took place in a Sydney garage on September 14th 1980.

Encouraged by our father (bookseller Maurice Zavelsky), we (Deborah and Carmel) began The Book Garden.
We started the business with a tiny budget, a small range of stock and two cars. We split Sydney into two sales areas and began visiting schools and childcare centres with boxes of books for sale.

After the death of Maurice in July 1981, Deb moved to Brisbane. It was here that The Book Garden put down roots inside American Bookstore.

Throughout our years of business…

View original post 75 more words

Stockings, Broomsticks and Friendship: Writing Inspired by Childhood books

 

During February I spent the month revising workshops and resources about structure as well as beginning a quest to re-read some of my favourite childhood books.  I also began to locate more contemporary books for middle grades and youth to unravel for their structure and best features.

I am putting enormous amounts of efforts into outlining, researching, and structuring prior to beginning my full write ups of the first draft of middle grade novels. Furthermore, I am seeking to support this by my study of the books I love and admire.  They are my friends as I make my journey through the first drafts.

I especially enjoyed revisiting the Worst Witch, and examining the length of the book, chapters, scenes, and how black line illustrations were distributed throughout.  It is so well balanced, with just enough of  description, dialogue and humour to appeal to the young reader. This book still makes me giggle!

Structurally there are small cliffhangers,  a gradual raising of the stakes,  foreshadowing, and scenes which make the story come alive. It is extremely well done. I paid close attention to the things that could help improve my own writing. Although of course I do want to foster my own voice and style.

As for Pippi Longstocking, what a character – super strong, generous, creative, brave and so true to herself always.  There was perhaps a chapter I didn’t enjoy so much, the section about Maids,  and that’s partly because of all the studies of literary representation I have done, which make some aspects of this a little outdated, although I do think Lingrid is very tongue in cheek and having a go at the way the tea party goers discuss their maids. This article from the Guardian is well worth a read Pippi Longstocking, Books Charged with Racism.

“”It is not that the figure of Pippi Longstocking is racist, but that all three in the trilogy of books have colonial racist stereotypes,” said Wollrad. “I would certainly not condemn the book completely – on the contrary, there are many very positive aspects to the book, as well as being very funny, it is instructive for children as it not only has a strong female character, she is against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and she is fiercely opposed to violence against animals – there is a very strong critique of authority in the book,” she told the Local.”

Pippi Longstocking has some subversive elements to it though, which made it well ahead of its time and so it is still despite sections that might not read well to modern audiences a book worth reading.  The inspiration surely of movies like Home Alone.

Both Worst Witch and Pippi Longstocking are heart warming representations of friendship  that avoid the sickly sweet,  as well as being about overcoming prejudices others may have against you.

So it’s back to working on my novels.

Now I must get back to finishing touches of my plan, and begin the writing of the first chapter of one of them.

all the best, I’m a little busy!

June

 

Articles that may be of interest https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/09/pippi-longstocking-books-racism

http://theworstwitch.wikia.com/wiki/The_Worst_Witch_(2017_TV_Series)

Queensland Poetry Festival – Event for Advocating Poetry for Children

The Week of the Queensland Poetry Festival is finally here.  If you are attending the poetry for kids discussion panel  at the Brisbane Square Library do book with the library.  The panel is followed by a reading for children at 2pm and while it is free it is a good idea to book.  See you there if you make it, and don’t forget to say hello!

 

Skyping for World Literacy

Magic Fish Dreaming

Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming

So excited that I will be skyped to Philippines in September, to read  poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.

My dear friend Mel Irvine, supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippine’s children has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her very much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.

I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.

Will let you know how it goes!

View original post

Meeting the Sandcliffe Writers Festival Presenters – Schools: Gregg Dreise

 

Gregg Dreise is a gifted storyteller and musician, and he features the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances at schools and festivals. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales.

He is the award-winning author and illustrator of Silly Birds (winning awards and being showcased in Australia, Italy, U.K. and the U.S.A.); Kookoo Kookaburra (winning awards and being showcased in Australia and Germany); Mad Magpie (Longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2017); and the soon to be released Why are you Smiling. All of these stories are about teaching morals. They address friendship, kindness, tempers and bullying.

Gregg is also the illustrator of Di Irving’s retelling of the classic story Tiddalik the Frog, and Elaine Ousten’s second megafauna picture book.

 

1. Have you been to the Sandcliffe Festival Before?

I have performed at schools and libraries in the area, however these are my first performances at Sandcliffe.

 

2. What are you looking forward to and how did you become involved in it this year?

I am looking forward to making some students giggle and some teachers learn some new things (maybe a giggle out of them too). I was approached through Speakers Ink.

 

3. What will you be doing for the festival ?

I perform story telling with the use of art, a guitar, didgeridoos, and really daggy dad jokes – sorry, but they are daggy 😛

 

4. If you could choose to be a favourite literary character, who would you be and why?

I would be Tintin. When I was in primary school, I enjoyed the adventures of a young brave guy.

 

You can find more information about Gregg on his website

www.greggdreise.com

 Lucas ProudFoot is  also visiting schools for the Sandcliffe Festival http://www.circularrhythm.com/

I wish Lucas and Gregg all the best for their wonderful work and in their visits to schools!