|24 Nov 2020|
'I was at Roedean from 1972-1978 in House 4 and, after a lot of different careers and travels, am now a registered nurse in a large teaching hospital in Sydney specialising in oncology and palliative care. Since childhood I have always had a strong sense of justice, and have zero tolerance for any sort of prejudice.
I have recently been fortunate enough to have a children’s book published ‘The Big Wall Feeling’. I wrote the story but my daughter, Zoe, really brought it to life with her amazing illustrations.
It was this passion for justice that sparked ‘The Big Wall Feeling’ with the aim of starting to break down the pointless, man-made barriers that exist between immigrants and settled Australians shown through the eyes of two little boys. I believe that Australia (and probably the UK too) can become a wonderful, truly multicultural society that welcomes and celebrates its richness and differences or a place where people merely exist alongside one another creating fear and suspicion but also missing out on so much opportunity. This children’s book shows how simple this choice can be.
Zoe is an investigative journalist and graphic design team leader based in Vietnam. She is a talented musician and artist and when the idea for the story came to me I knew that she would be the perfect person to bring the story alive. Her amazing illustrations transform a simple message into a magical story that can be enjoyed by any age. On most pages there are hidden Australian creatures to find and the little details in her illustrations make for a captivating reading experience.
Zoe and I also have a second children’s book, ‘Just Like Me’, which will be available early next year through Little Steps Publishing.
It is published in the UK by Austin Macauley, and copies can be bought directly from them. https://www.austinmacauley.com/book/big-wall-feeling'