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13 April 2012 ·

Nim’s Island e-Activity & Cookbook

A while ago I posted on FaceBook a picture of a Nim’s Island cookbook, that a school had made me. There was so much interest that I decided to make a proper Nim’s Island Activity and Cookbook, in an ebook as my project for  the Australian National Year of Reading 2012. And what could be better than to raise funds at the same time, for a cause I believe in passionately?

Well, the paperwork to make me an official fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is now all done, and I’m ready to start.

I say ‘I’… but I’d love some help. Over the years, many people have blogged about activities they’ve done with Nim’s Island, or written to me with links to videos of school projects. I would love to include some of these, as well as recipes – anything inspired by Nim’s Island, or Nim at Sea.

Contributors will receive a copy of the ebook, and of course their contribution will be credited to them. Burpengarry School, who started the whole idea, has asked that for privacy reasons I simply credit the class instead of the individual children, and I think this is an excellent idea for any classes who would like to send something in.

If you’re sending a recipe, please make sure that you have the right to enter it, and that you’re not breaking someone else’s copyright. (That means, please don’t copy it straight out of a recipe book or cooking site).

With your help, we should be able to earn some money to help more people enjoy books and reading!
You can email me at wendyorr1(at)


  1. Gili Dates in cream! Take ten dry dates, pit them, halve them, put them in a container with about a cup of unsweetened cream and let stand overnight in the fridge. The dates soften and the cream becomes sweet. The longer they soak, the more they blend, until the mixture is like very thick ice-cream. Eat with a spoon, or spread on a biscuit. Can be served with chopped pistachios and/or a bit of lemon zest to cut the sweetness.
    April 17, 2012 at 8:44 am · Reply
  2. Wendy Orr Absolutely perfect! Thanks very much, Gili.
    April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am · Reply
  3. Wendy Orr My husband has volunteered to try this immediately...
    April 17, 2012 at 8:46 am · Reply
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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