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23 April 2007 ·

Writer in Residence at Woodleigh

This week I’m off to be a writer-in-residence at Woodleigh Junior School. I’m looking forward to meeting the kids, hearing their thoughts, and I hope, helping them learn to shape their own stories.

That’s the funny thing about being a writer. I spend most of my life closeted in my own little office with the imaginary characters living in my mind and computer (or walking the dog to think about them – or occasionally to avoid thinking about them!) But then there’s times like last week, with lots of interviews, and now a week spent in the midst of lots of kids.

It mightn’t be a life that would suit everyone… but I feel pretty lucky!

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio