Words & Art Competition 2016

At the end of November 2016, I had the honour of visiting Penrith High School to meet Hellen Jiang and her classmates in Year Nine. Hellen won the senior division of the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Words & Art Competition for 2016. A truly extraordinary young writer from an amazing school. Congratulations Hellen!

Teacher Librarian Nathan Wilcox just emailed to say: “Your author visit to Penrith High really inspired our Year 9 students. The students were totally absorbed as demonstrated by the multitude of questions you answered thoughtfully and astutely. It can be hard to engage academically selective students at times, however, you had them thinking and interested. The hall was buzzing when you finished.” Well, I was buzzing too!

More media coverage here:

Isabell Petrinic, “Fantasy author predicts big future as a novelist for young story adaptation winner Hellen Jiang,” Penrith Press, 5 December 2016

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