I have just returned from a five week trip to China where I was busy in four cities with book launches and therapeutic writing workshops
My third collection of children’s stories has just been released in Mandarin and the Beijing publisher surprised me with a box set of all three books. This third collection is markedly different from the previous two as almost every story in the 55 story collection has been illustrated by a wonderful Beijing artist called Wenlu.
Earlier this year, after the explosion in Tianjin, word apparently went round some schools in this city that some of my stories help children with anxieties, and there was an order in one week for 3000 books from ‘danddang.com‘, the biggest online book seller in China.
On my return I have had a meeting with Katie Grubb (www.mandarinpathways.com) and we will be co-ordinating some story work together for her next group of Chinese students who will be visiting the Byron Shire in February 2016.
My Australian-Chinese story work continues to grow!
Hawthorn Press author Susan Perrow was in Chennai in February as a visiting co–host of the Chennai Storytelling Festival which focussed on Storytelling and Healing. Sudha Umashanker from The Hindu newspaper spoke with her and her colleagues Magdalene Jeyarathnam and Eric Miller.
When a six-year-old refused to sleep for days on end and was bent on forcing herself to stay active her mother was not only physically exhausted, she was clearly at her wit’s end. This was not just a case of sleep deprivation. The little girl’s father had died while she was asleep and ever since she simply kept awake through day and night.
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