Never did I expect when I woke this morning, that by the afternoon I would be on a stage, telling a story about a chicken. Yet that is exactly what happened at The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress at TK Park in Bangkok. In the morning, I attended a session by IBBY Foundation President,… Continue reading Using Storytelling to Engage: Day 3 of The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress
Today was my second day at The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress at TK Park in Bangkok. What an inspiring day! Four parallel sessions ran with talks on many subjects focusing on children’s books. I wish I could have cloned myself to attend every session! However, I am but one person so did what… Continue reading Empowering Communities through Books: Day 2 of The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress
Today I was in a room filled with people from all over the world. Yet we all had something in common: a great passion for children’s books. I met writers, illustrators, publishers, storytellers, dreamers and leaders in the children’s book world. We spoke excitedly as we shared our experiences and learnt about children’s books from… Continue reading Building Bridges with Books: Day 1 of The 3rd Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress
Sawatdee Kha! I’ve spent the last three amazing and slightly exhausting months at Mahidol University in Bangkok. I’ve studied Creative Writing; Comparative Literature: Short Story and the Novel; and Media, Communication, Art and Socio-cultural Perspectives in Southeast Asia, thanks to my New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Here are five things I have learnt through my experience… Continue reading 5 Things I Learnt Through Studying at a Thai University.
Sawatdee Ka! My current home is on the 7th floor of an apartment in Salaya, an hour outside Bangkok. The city can be an exciting place of bustling markets, temples, galleries and street food. Yet I miss green things; things that grow wild and unrestrained. So do my children. So for my 30th birthday, we… Continue reading Where the Wild Things Grow
Sawatdee Kah! Have you ever thought of learning a second language? Perhaps you already can, and lucky you if that’s the case! A teacher of mine recently quoted philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who said “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Before moving back to Thailand 3 months ago my Thai was… Continue reading How to expand your world
Sawatdee Kah! Koh Lanta has been home to our family for nearly a month now. It is a relaxed island with steamy jungles, long stretches of sand, cute towns and some very cheeky monkeys. We are staying in a little wooden bungalow, though with four of us it can feel a little crowded at times!… Continue reading Exploring Koh Lanta