Love USA author Tour!

Love USA author Tour!

Salisbury Literature Children's & Young Adult Festival MarylandIt’s been amazing, fantastic and a privilege to speak in the USA at the Salisbury Children’s & Literature festival and the International Reading Association Maryland and at schools.

Opening the Salisbury festival was so special – thankyou to the outstanding Professor Ernie Bond and Patty Dean who welcomed me.

Highlights – too many:-

the educators who really care about kids – admire them so much

the college students who embraced I Am Jack & Elephants Have Wings

Kwame Alexander – the best performance poet who just won the Newbery

Isatou Cessay and Miranda Paul’s ‘One Plastic Bag’ saving our environment

Ard Hoyt and Mary Cassanova – illustrator and author team

Salisbury Children's and Young Adult Festival Maryland USAIsatou Ceesay One Plastic Bay written by Miranda PaulHamming it up with France Lessac & Mark Greenwood at the IRA – their book Midnight  picture book presentation made me cry

Ice cream social – delicious – post the author illustrator presentations at IRA

….. heaps of adventures

But what touched me most is the sharing of story with parents, teachers and kids …. moving and beautiful.

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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