Teacher librarians came from Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and NSW to this warm and welcoming conference.
Paul MacDonald from Beecroft Book Shop discussed young adult novels with their tradition of search for identity & confronting youth issues.
I spoke about my younger fiction which although dealing with tough issues is warm, funny, safe, assessible for Christian schools -
I AM JACK – bullying
SUPER JACK – blending families and aging grandparents
ALWAYS JACK – breast cancer coming out in October
DAISY SUNSHINE - women’s right for education.
However my YA books are confronting as they deal with teen search for identity – social, sexual, independence - & the eternal youth questions - Who Am I? Why Am I here? Where am I going?
‘That’s Why I Wrote This Song’ where my teen daughter Tory wrote the lyrics and music for the book, captures that searching, emotional power of music, impact of relationships and search for identity:-
See the video clips of Tory Gervay’s songs – Psycho Dad and I Wanna Be Found on my youtube channel:-www.youtube.com/user/sgervay
The poem from teenager Elise Higginson given to me at the conference is moving, beautiful and embraces challenging YA literature that partners young people on their search for pathways to self realisation.
Tribute to Nathan
by teenager Elise Higginson
I was down and in the dark
Looking for some reasons why -
Why was I so sad?
Life was just one big mad place
Wherer nothing I did would
Stand out from the crowd
Cried my self to sleep.
I couldn’t find any sense with things
And it made me so confused …
Constantly looking back
To the past …
I wasn’t letting myself have a fresh start
But when I heard your voice
It was like medicine
I was crying for help
Finally I could see some good…
And it kept me going …
I didn’t want to go after I heard you sing
Because I would miss the moment
That made my life better.
Thankyou Elise for sharing this. It connects with Tory’s lyrics in her song ‘I Wanna Be Found’ and shares the journey.
Thankyou Helen for inviting me to speak at this special Conference.