MonkeyBaa Theatre & my book I Am Jack

MonkeyBaa Theatre & my book I Am Jack

MONKEY BAA Theatre (www.monkeybaa.com.au) is adapting my book I AM JACK into a play.

I met the Theatre Director Eva yesterday for coffee to talk about it and the media and promotions. I’ll be doing the post show talks at the Sydney performances. The actor who is Tim McGarry is amazing. He’s going to play all the characters and it’s such an innovative play – I can hardly breath because it’s so exciting.

I AM JACK starts touring country NSW at the end of August and is playing at the Seymour theatre 23rd and 24th September 2008. There are plans for JACK to tour WA in 2009. I love WA!!!!

The play is based on my JACK (or Jamie in real life) and my family and the Nanna in the book is my kids’ Nanna. She passed away 2 years ago leaving a big hole in our hearts. She’s going to come alive on stage SOON!!!! Nanna will never die now.

How fantastic is it to be an author!!!!!

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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