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Bic Walker: My personal experience of being a child refugee

Bic Walker

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Born in Vietnam in 1974 Bic Walker escaped war torn Vietnam at the age of four. Bic’s experience as a refugee was the catalyst for her first book A Safe Place to Live. This autobiographical children’s book recounts her experience in fleeing Vietnam with her family in 1979 on a tiny boat bound for freedom.

The events that transpired are the stuff of Hollywood movies; Attacked by pirates and left drifting in the open ocean without fuel the family were finally rescued by a Canadian oil tanker. Bic and her family were transported to Malaysia where they waited for six months before being taken to Australia.

Bic subsequently published a series of other children’s books around themes including being different from the crowd and pushing beyond your comfort zone.

Today Bic Walker is engaged in a number of different business activities that focus on benefits for the local community. Bic has designed a line of party stationery including cards, gift tags, invitations and motivational posters that feature art work from her books. She has made thes available through school fundraising catalogues, to help local schools and kindergartens raise their own funds.

Since moving to Australia, Bic trained to become an Architect and worked in that field for ten years. She has also designed exhibitions at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and taught at universities across Victorian and New South Wales.

In this session, Bic will describe the path her life has taken up to this point and all the surprising twists and turns along the way.

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