Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London

Image 5The Festival runs over the weekend of May 30/31st 2015 with an amazing collection of authors and illustrators from ‘down under’.

As publishers and booksellers, with strong project links to Australia, the range, diversity and quality of the Festival programme makes the event hugely attractive.

We are so excited about going along to the Festival and soaking up the engaging work of such talented authors such as; Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Howard Jacobson.

The Secret River is a favourite book, as it paints such an amazing picture of life in Australia in early1800’s.

image4-14.jpgKate Grenville is in discussion about her new memoir One Life: My Mother’s Story. The book pays tribute to a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change; for whom the spectacular shifts of the 20th century offered new freedoms and choices in an era when women had been expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

With the publication of nine novels, a collection of short stories and four books about the writing process, Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary authors. Her work includes Lilian’s Story (1985), Dreamhouse (1986), Dark Places (1994) and The Secret River (2005).

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Sue Martin, Books Go Walkabout – our literacy and tech project, joining authors and illustrators together with children across the globe…


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  • Kellett School, Hong Kong Students in Beijing

    Image 2Year 5 Kellett School students have just returned from a week in Beijing.

    An experience of a lifetime with many cultural visits and contact with students in the capital of China. At Books Go Walkabout we just think this is an amazing experience and will produce life long memories and connections with China. What an experience!

    In March, this year we were pleased to work with Year 5’s on books written by award winning author, Carole Wilkinson, The Dragonkeeper Trilogy. The books are about a slave girl and other dragon keepers in Ancient China. They are some amazing fiction stories with excellent research and information about life in Ancient China. The books were sent from the UK, written by Carole in Australia and read by students in Hong Kong. We held a video conversation with Carole direct to the students at school, which was great and the students went away eager to read more of the stories.

    Books Go Walkabout is on the journey….. Ancient China and beyond!!

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    Sue Martin – Books go Walkabout


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    We are always happy to explore new partnerships and projects in our core expertise areas - childcare, early years, education, charities, social business, governance, fund raising, literacy, books and web communications to support the work across all sectors.

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  • Books go Walkabout – e-Print Publisher

    Using SmithMartin technology for conversations - but now for eBooks and print services too!
    Using SmithMartin technology forconversations- but now for eBooks and print services too!

    Books Go Walkabout, our international literacy project,  has just started on a new journey, into e-publishing.

    An exciting new adventure and we are pleased to start our journey with a book in our series called Writing about Africa. Short stories and general fiction about Africa – travel, images and character, with lots more to come.

    The BgW team would be happy to talk with authors and creative writers about our literacy project. Helping us find new ways of presenting positive stories about the great continent, offering new markets and new readers for your work. You can contact us here.

    The first story, The Goat That Vanished   is by Ifeoma Onyefulu. A story of a goat, some elders and a wedding gift that went wrong… a story of culture, humour and family life.

     

    Where did the goat go?
    Where did the goat go?

    Ifeoma writes for children and uses her captivating photos of African life as she travels across the continent. Buy this short story from the Amazon Kindle Store – for less than the price of a cup of coffee here.

    Our publications are set to grow, working with the Worldreader programme, whose charitable work distributes 300 stories per Kindle, free to readers throughout Africa. A great project!

    Our eBooks and print publications are designed to feed into social projects supporting children and literacy in Africa, but their interest is world wide. Already Ifeoma’s story is available across the globe, in 9 different countries.

    A real success for Books Go Walkabout…join us on the journey.

     

    Books Go Walkabout – Children and authors using technology across the globe – an imprint of SmithMartin LLP

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  • William Tyndale School, UK
    & Aleesah Darlison, Australia

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    One of our partnership literacy projects has been working in schools and letting children and young people talk to authors across the globe.

    Students from Year 6 at William Tyndale Primary School in London, were Skyping with Aleesah Darlison, Australian author from Sydney on Thursday March 13th.

    We have been reading two books from Aleesah’s Unicorn Riders series, Quinn’s Riddles and Willow’s Challenge, a fantasy genre for children from 8 – 11 years.

    The students were speaking with Aleesah in Sydney and using our project technology, engaged with Aleesah on the interactive white board in their own classroom.

    Aleesah bought her books to life, using character props, answering questions and talking about life in Australia.An image of life 'down under'...

    Books Go Walkabout project – a SmithMartin LLP project providing real time conversations, speaking with authors in different countries, creating inspiration, reading more books, illustrating a world of diversity.

    Visit and subscribe for free to Book Monitor  , the Books go Walkabout project blog.

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