Connecting Authors to Readers
I am, and always have been, an avid reader. Margaret Atwood, Emily Perkins, Robert Glancy and Joanne Harris are among some of my favourite authors. Until recently though, they were people whom I read about, not interacted with. That is, until I discovered Twitter. Each term, I tweet various authors with a series of questions in the hope that we can learn more about them. Here is what we have so far. A special acknowledgement to Paula Pierce, Assistant Head of English, who tirelessly compiles the interviews into our English newsletter each term. Check them out here.
This month we are delighted to hear from New Zealand writer, Emily Perkins. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and teaching Emily's short stories and novels. Her most recent novel, The Forrests, was the first novel I selected on my Kindle. Emily took time out of her busy teaching and marking schedule which we really appreciate.
|Emily Perkins, 2014|
Earlier this year, I read Terms and Conditions, by Robert Glancy. Once I finished this amazing read, I discovered that Bob is from Auckland's North Shore, and he was friends with my friend. Immediately I connected with him via Facebook and subsequently, twitter. Bob and his family are lucky to be livinig in France for the year, while he works on his second novel. We have offered to pre read and offer feedback - can't wait.