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Ingrid Laguna has been through extraordinary life experiences, both challenging and breath-taking. She left home and school at fifteen years of age, toured Europe, Asia and Australia with an all-girl percussion band, recorded several albums, and took percussion and song writing workshops.
With performance group Ruby Fruit Jungle, she supported Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playing at Australia’s biggest entertainment venues.
In the Australian film industry, Ingrid worked as a crew member on numerous television commercials, a telemovie and a short film.
Following the loss of her twin boys after six months in intensive care, Ingrid’s memoir, Serenade for a Small Family (A&U) was awarded a Varuna Fellowship and, after publication, The Age Non-Fiction Book of The Week.
Further to her Melbourne University studies, her junior fiction novel, Songbird, was inspired by over five years working with young people from refugee backgrounds at an intensive English language school. Ingrid has also been published in The Monthly magazine and the AEU magazine.
My novel Songbird, and the sequel Sunflower, are based on the experience of an eleven-year-old Iraqi refugee who has fled Iraq with her family and is settling into a new life in Australia. I have taught migrant and refugee children for many years and my writing was inspired by their courage and resilience. In this […]
Drawing on more than five years of experience working with school-aged new arrivals to Australia, many from refugee backgrounds, author Ingrid Laguna will carry out engaging and stimulating tasks and activities that support students to improve their understanding of well-crafted writing. Ingrid will introduce engaging texts written from diverse perspectives, including her novel Songbird, about […]
Drawing on more than five years of experience working with school-aged new arrivals to Australia, many from refugee backgrounds, author, teacher and musician Ingrid will introduce engaging texts written from diverse perspectives, including her middle-grade novel Songbird. Students will carry out writing activities. They will be scaffolded and prompted to explore their own stories and […]
All young people have stories to tell. In a classroom culture where students feel safe to express themselves, and with exposure to model texts featuring diverse voices, they can be supported to put their own lived experiences into words. Drawing on more than five years of experience working with school-aged new arrivals to Australia, many […]