Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of students from St George Girls High School and Kogarah High School in Sydney. I was there on the invitation of two fantastic teacher-librarians, Helen Lee and Gail Johnston.
Over the course of an hour we discussed our shared love of story-telling and writing and explored topics as diverse as medieval cosmology, the politics of maps, Blackbeard, the Kraken, Moby Dick, Elizabeth I’s use of fireships to defeat the Spanish Armada, and … The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
A creative activity ended the day with much hilarity, and the students will now take their glorious ideas into a pirate-themed creative writing competition, building on the characters and world of Empire of the Waves. I can’t wait to see what these inspiring young writers come up with next!