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September 19, 2012
Yesterday I had a wonderful time at St Kevins Primary School, Eastwood, doing a talk on my experiences in Antarctica for Year 5 students. And what a welcome committee! Brett Salakas, the teacher, had arranged for a number of the children, including Bella Mincer, to meet me as I arrived and usher me into a special morning tea. On the walls of the classroom I could see the work the children had been doing on Antarctica. Brett is keen to encourage them to think laterally because they will live in a world where the challenges and technology will be different from today. Gone are the days (my day!) when memorising facts was the focus. Brett divided the class into groups and each group explored a particular theme: threats to animals, climate change, mining and military presence, whaling and so on. They explored these issues by looking at the past, the present and the future. Best of all, Brett had read my Antarctic thriller, THIRST, and decided to set the class a project: they were to create their own Antarctic station. Some created them in Lego or drew them, and some created a three dimensional computer graphic so that you could “walk through” their station. Bella Mincher set up her own website and called her station Thirst station, after my book. I couldn’t believe how inventive and also tech-savvy these children are! I was so impressed.
I was there simply to supplement the teacher’s work and share my first-hand experiences of life in Antarctica, the animal and bird life, the abandoned stations I visited, the clothing we wore (complete with practical demonstration of my canary yellow parka) and we talked quite a bit about The Antarctic Treaty and Australia’s role in protecting and preserving this frozen continent. We had great fun and lots of volunteers helped me out.
I was presented with some lovely gifts afterwards and one very peculiar one – a lettuce! But not any old lettuce. No. An iceberg! I am glad to see that Brett and his class have a good sense of humour. I have to confess, though, that when I got home my dog ate the “iceberg”!
Thank you to everyone for having me at your school. I had a ball!
September 12, 2012
Booktopia recently asked me their Ten Terrifying Questions and my answers can be found here: http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2012/07/19/l-a-larkin-author-of-thirst-and-the-genesis-flaw-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/#comment-15503
Here’s a taster of some of the questions John Purcell, the Booktopia Book Guru, asked me. They certainly go me thinking:
What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty?
At twelve, happy. At eighteen, rich. At thirty, fulfilled. As an author I am happy and fulfilled, so two out of three isn’t bad!
What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
At eighteen I believed I could steer my life any way I wanted. I was in control. I now realise that all sorts of wonderful opportunities arise that I had never imagined and by taking those surprising opportunities I have met incredible people and been to amazing places.
Which authors had an impact on you as a child?
Enid Blyton and Charles Dickens. Blyton’s books inspired a love of action and adventure stories, and Dickens opened my eyes to the power of engaging characters, as well as novels as social and political commentary.