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
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.
It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year: Book Week! I was so excited when I entered my local library yesterday and saw the The Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Books display. There, in the center, was a children’s picture book set in Thailand! I may have even squealed a little. One Step… Continue reading Celebrating a Thai Tale for Book Week
This month I am starting with a country that’s close to my heart: Thailand! Some of you may already know that my husband and two sons are Thai, and that we will be moving to Thailand at the end of this year (I do go on sometimes- I’m very excited!). Thailand is a beautiful country… Continue reading A World of Stories: Thailand
On Saturday I pushed my baby’s pram, power-walking as I urged my 5 year-old to keep up. He hopped along beside me, rugged up in two jumpers and a beanie. My husband had rushed back to the car to get a forgotten glow-in-the-dark sword for my 5 year-old. My breath puffed clouds of frozen air… Continue reading Lismore Lantern Parade
My family and I live in a rural, mountainous area of The Northern Rivers. The land is rainforests and macadamia nut farms, peppered with small villages. A short drive from my home along the narrow, winding road is a Thai temple. As you first enter, a thick carpet of green grass comes in to view, with… Continue reading Community and Sticky Rice.