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Deb’s novel, Teresa A New Australian, was inspired by her dad’s survival during WW2 and journey to Australia as a refugee. The novel is often used in schools to delve into issues of migration, war and understanding what it is to be a refugee.
Deb will delve into the story of her father’s survival during the war and subsequent journey to Australia, arriving at a time when the White Australia Policy was in full force.
She will explain how she used primary and secondary sources to construct the plot and how her interviews with Maltese refugees who made the post-war journey helped create not only the plot and characters, but gave the novel an authenticity that was vital for the final book.
Zoom is my preferred delivery method, but I can use Skype. I’m also happy to explore Google hangouts or Microsoft Teams if the school prefers.
Using novels as a literature springboard to talk about sustainability. Sustainability is a key priority in the curriculum: ‘Across the Australian Curriculum, the Sustainability priority allows young Australians to develop the knowledge, skills, values and worldviews necessary for them to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.’ Fifteen years ago I […]
How do you get kids excited about creating their own stories? How do you give them the confidence to create their own stories? How do you help them have fun? Join Deborah Abela, teacher and author of over 26 books for children, in this practical, hands-on session as she takes you through a series of […]
Deborah aims for her workshops to be informative, interactive and fun. With her teaching and TV background, she uses images, videos and her own work to explain the writing process and help kids develop their own engaging stories, leaving them excited about books, reading and writing. She will share what she believes are the fundamentals […]
Ever since Deborah was seven, she's been good at making trouble, so it was obvious she would grow up to be a writer. Find out how being a troublemaker led her to write over 26 books and how you can use troublemaking to create your own fantastic stories. And have lots of fun along the […]
Ever since Deborah was seven, she’s been good at making trouble, so it was obvious she would grow up to be a writer. Find out how being a troublemaker led her to write over 26 books and how you can use troublemaking to create your own fantastic stories. And have lots of fun along the […]
Schools are dynamic places where learning is interactive and hands-on. Author and illustrator talks need to be stimulating and thought provoking, leaving the students and teachers with new insights and inspiration for books, reading and writing. In this workshop, you will be given some practical ideas for presenting talks and writing workshops from Deb Abela, […]
Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but most of it is simply hard work and a lot of practice. Deb will take you through a practical, hands-on day of writing activities to hone the skills you need to write for kids. She will also talk about the kids’ publishing world and offer advice […]
Deborah’s author talks are informative, interactive and fun. With her teaching and TV background, she uses images, videos, storytelling and games, to explain the writing process and help kids develop their own engaging stories, leaving them excited about books, reading and writing.
As an author and trained teacher who has been speaking in schools for over 14 years, Deb will lead you through a series of challenging, fun and practical activities to get your kids excited about writing. She will address the 3 main interrelated strands of the National Curriculum: language, literature and literacy, so that students […]
Deb leads kids through a series of fun activities to help them become better writers. They’ll explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and creating characters and plots readers will love.