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This chat can be adjusted, depending on the year-levels. Either a general book-chat about The Year the Maps Changed that’s also a talk about my publishing-journey and a call for student-activism and importance of engaging with the News media. For older year-levels, an additional component can be delving into Australia’s treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees.
‘Operation Safe Haven’ had an enormous impact on Australian immigration policies. It laid the blueprint for how our Government still treats refugees to this day – it signaled the switch from offering ‘permanent protection’ and resettlement, to ‘temporary asylum’ and conditional aid. After Kosovo; the East Timor Crisis would escalate, and in August 2001 the Tampa Affair would forever cement this new hostility and treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the Australian psyche. The horrific events of September 11 would come the following month and Australia’s path towards a more inhumane treatment and “othering” of refugees subsequently would be enacted in a most atrocious way, drawing ongoing international criticism, including from the United Nations organisations responsible for refugees and human rights.
* Publishing Journey
* What is The Year the Maps Changed all about?
* Fred’s journey to social-consciousness and the role personal experience, journalism and the News media play
* A history of the Kosovo War and Operation Safe Haven
* Australian then and now: our historic treatment of Asylum Seekers
I wrote FanFiction steadily from 2002 to 2009; for Buffy, Once & Again, Mercy Thompson and Twilight especially. Twenty-four stories amounted to 391, 522 words all up. My longest FF piece ran to 184,402-words, with 112 chapters. I wrote FanFiction from age 15 to 22 and it was how I found a way to my […]
This session is linked to the young adult Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology – and the history of how this book came to be. #LoveOzYA = ‘Love Australian Young Adult Literature’. How did this grassroots movement encouraging Aussie teens to read Australian stories take hold in 2016, and why is it important that we […]
An all-you-need-to-know about short-story writing for those who’ve never explored this wonderful form. It covers the basics and is particularly aimed at students, encouraging them to practice short-story writing to improve their communication skills, and flex their imagination. If requested for an adult-writers workshop, it can be adapted with minor changes to ‘where to submit’ […]
Danielle’s debut middle-grade book The Year the Maps Changed is based on her vague memories of growing up on the Mornington Peninsula during ‘Operation Safe Haven’ and Australia’s largest-ever humanitarian exercise in aid of refugees affected by the Kosovo War. The same age as her protagonist in the story, Danielle will talk about how her […]