This week I had the hon­our of meet­ing over 500 Year 7 and Year 8 stu­dents at Oakhill Col­lege in Cas­tle Hill at the invi­ta­tion of librar­i­an Lynn Revai. The theme of the Oakhill Book Week for 2019 was “Ban­quet …

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Aus­tralian Children’s Lau­re­ate Mor­ris Gleitz­man recent­ly told a packed audi­ence in Syd­ney that every­where he trav­els in Aus­tralia he hears young peo­ple express bewil­der­ment that adults keep elect­ing to high office men and women whose behav­iour, should they – the …

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In a spe­cial two-part work­shop at San­ta Sabi­na in mid-2017, I had the hon­our of work­ing with an incred­i­ble cohort of Year 10 Eng­lish stu­dents. To begin, I deliv­ered a one hour lec­ture that offered a brief overview of the …

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Writ­ing in the The New York Times, for­mer North Kore­an counter-intel­li­­gence offi­cer and poet Jang Jin-sung observed that his deci­sion to flee the DPRK was pre­cip­i­tat­ed by a real­iza­tion “that there are two North Kore­as: one real and the oth­er a …

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Over at Sino-NK, you can now find the con­clud­ing install­ment of my two-part series, explor­ing the child­hood hagiogra­phies of the North Kore­an lead­ers. Last time, I con­sid­ered the ear­ly life of Kim Jong Il, the “heav­en-sent” boy des­tined to become …

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‘Through lit­er­a­ture, art, song and rit­u­al, North Korea metic­u­lous­ly embeds the child­hoods of its lead­ers in the nation­al con­scious­ness. Imi­tat­ing the medieval lives of saints, and apoc­ryphal infan­cy nar­ra­tives of Christ, the lives of the Great and Dear Leaders–known respec­tive­ly …

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