Thursday, 11 July 2013

Non-Fiction and some Storylines News

Australian Writers and Photographers
Laklak Burarrwanga and others
Welcome To My Country
Allen & Unwin   2013   $23.99pb         209 pages
ISBN 978 1 7433 1396 1

Themes: Arnhem Land/ Australian Aboriginal rights/ Australian Aboriginal life and culture/

Laklak Burarrwanga and her large family are Yolnu people. They live in a thriving community at Bawaka in Arnhem Land in a place rich with story in the rivers, the trees, the hills and the rocks. Laklak’s story (she is now an elder in the community) has been built up over the years with the help of interpreters and includes her long walk across Arnhem Land as a child and her people’s fights for their children to have quality schooling. The book is illustrated with excellent colour photographs which could be the basis for many spin-offs for younger children.

Year 8 up/ Age 12 up

STORYLINES 2013 is nearly here!

(This is part of the Storylines new logo) 

Dunedin Saturday 10th August
Christchurch Sunday 11th August
Wellington Saturday 17th August
Kaitia Saturday 17th August
South Auckland Saturday 17th August
Auckland Sunday 18th August
(Google Storylines 2013 for details of programmes and venues)

I am on the Wellington planning committee and at our latest meeting this week we discussed a special deal on extra large  teddy bears that were being offered by The Warehouse. We are not totally sure how we are going to use him in the programme yet but I was detailed off to buy him this afternoon. He is a big bear and he seemed so intelligent and companionable as I drove him home that I felt I should actually be engaging him in a little small talk. He is now lying on the bed in the rather cold spare room – I just hope he doesn’t expect to come out and watch TV tonight in front of the fire…I am sure there are some scary stories (including adult) about Toys That Come to Life. I will be waiting for the soft pad pad of large paws.


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