When I was a Boy in Sudan and When I was a Girl in Sudan, published by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, are literally flying off the shelves! Widely available in good bookshops around Australia and also via the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre website, these beautifully illustrated stories of traditional Madi life appeal to children and adults alike and will make excellent Christmas gifts at only $15 each.
For every book sold, funds go towards freighting books to schools and villages in South Sudan.
We are on target to raising enough funds to fulfil the commitment to ship books and are now focusing on logistics to get them from Hobart to communities on the South Sudan/Uganda border. Look out for updates on progress over the next few months.
For now, the books are being enjoyed by Australian children in primary schools, high schools, libraries and as adult teaching resources by migrant education teachers. Information about the books is being spread with the help of migrant support and community development networks, and we are grateful to the Children’s Book Council of Australia for allowing us to join their Salamanca Market book stall to sell the books during Book Week.
The creative team, authors Sarafino Enadio, Paskalina Eiyo and Terry Whitebeach, and illustrator Gay McKinnon, featured nationally on the ABC’s Stateline program (see here) and in The Mercury’s Saturday Magazine. The books also feature on the Bookseller and Publisher website here.
Sarafino has visited schools to talk to students about his life, the books and the creative process, and he was also guest speaker at Glenorchy LINC’s Reading Hour as part of Book Week 2014.
We look forward to sharing more news about these wonderful books and thank you for your support.