From historical fact to historical fiction

It was great fun to be able to present a Masterclass at the Asia Education Foundation 2014 National Conference here in Sydney a few weeks ago. A number of units of work have been created around my historical fiction books and are downloadable from the website. SO search for me on their website to discover them. And it was fun too having a copy of Python to sign for the kids at Wagaman Primary School in the Northern Territory – nothing to do with my historical fiction titles. Their wonderful principal Michele carried it in her hand luggage just to get me to sign it! Yeah!

Short videos of both conference days are at the website Conference Page. And here are two shots of me in action (Photographs courtesy of the University of Melbourne and Asia Education Foundation):

Presenting at the conference

Presenting at the conference

... wish i could read this!

… wish I could read this!

It was a buzz preparing for the session, going through all the documents, photos and bits and pieces that I have acquired related to this. I forget sometimes how much I love working on these titles and the information that I uncovered. My (historical) books might be fiction but they are very much filled with facts. And every time that I look at the photos, and especially those of the Lambing Flat banner (in the collection on my site here) which I first discovered in the local museum in Young, I draw a big breath. I still think everyone should see it. This is the banner which led the parade to the Chinese camps with brass band blaring! Just have a look at the words:
Just read those words ....

Just read those words ….

Thanks goodness things have changed … but then I wonder what is happening here in Australia now? Are we simply replacing the word Chinese with another country that is not the flavour of the month?

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