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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 a young Iraqi refugee and her struggle to fit in at school in Melbourne.
It’s one year since Bailey’s mum died. And her dad doesn’t seem to care much about anything. But Bailey still spends afternoons by the creek with her dog, Sheba. Until Sheba gets sick—very sick—from something she must have swallowed while swimming in the creek. And Bailey notices all the rubbish polluting the waterway. Between visits […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]