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Danielle Binks: Write What You WANT to Know

Session Info:

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 own childhood inspired her to research this historic event for five-years, and the overlaps between memory and imagination to inspire student’s own storytelling …

Topics Covered

* Growing up in 1999 – then and now

* Operation Safe Haven and Australia

* The Year the Maps Changed – what’s mine, what’s Fred’s

* Memory and Research – where one begins and the other ends

* Perfer et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim. (Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.)” – becoming a keeper of your own memory

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