Springtime Story Telling Special at Mentone Public Library,
11am - 1pm, Saturday 24th September 2016
Springtime Story Telling Special at Mentone Public Library, 26th September 2015
"How We Learned Then and How We Learn Now..."
It was a real delight to return to Mentone Public Library and present How We Learned Then and How We Learn Now.
I enjoyed combining eggs, Dunce Hats, a bullwhip, a hurtling duster (sorry Tony), and my singing (sorry audience) into a presentation about the evolution of classroom discipline from my grandmother’s school years to my sons’.
Researching this aspect of How We Learned Then and How We Learn Now was a real eye opener. It was surprising and somewhat horrifying to discover the methods of corporal punishment that were used in yesteryear’s classrooms.
I also enjoyed talking about the differences between how we learned as children and how we learn as adults, drawing upon Insights from The Writer’s Runway to support the notion that a combination of the two approaches could bring about the best learning results and experiences for adults.
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What a buzz! Graeme made me feel very welcome and relaxed. We chatted about a range of topics:
Then it was a delight to watch the comical, yet poignant performance by The Blue Chair Poets.
I was delighted by the audience’s response to The Writer’s Runway. They felt that the book’s insights contained life lessons and applied to creating a sense of balance and well-being in general as well as with writing.
On 28th March 2015 I was honoured to open Series 5 of ‘An Author for All Seasons’ at Mentone Public Library. I felt most welcomed by staff and the warm audience. At the end of the session, we enjoyed a glass of wine to further celebrate the commencement of the new series and Mentone Public Library’s 90th year in operation.
I spoke about the two books that I self-published in 2014: The Writer’s Runway Volume 1, 100 Strategies for the Aspiring Writer’s Head, Heart, & Soul, and .factor, which is a games book for ages 8+ that my grandmother and sons inspired me to create.
I talked about why I wrote the books, what the books are about, and how they help people. I also explained how I came up with the book ideas and a little about the self-publishing process.
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Tales and trivia about how we played then and how we play now. Tony Brooker, Julia Reichstein, Joe Bosa and I talked about our experiences, which ranged from childhood games played in the 1950's to today's games, relating to the development of technology and its impact on recreation and communication.
I spoke about .factor, the games book I designed to encourage people to re-discover playing games on paper, promoting face-to-face fun and connecting people across generations.
The audience participated in playing games from the book. It was pure, collective magic. We had loads of fun and laughed lots. I was delighted by the great interest in and support for .factor.
Danae Andrea Harwood
Australian Writer, Author,
and Travel Blogger
It was also a treat to choose the tracks for the hour! Orinocho Flow by Enya, Keep on Movin' by Five, and It's Alright by East 17.
I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown for .factor. The audience thought that it was a great way to connect the younger and older generations.
I wish to thank Mentone Public Library for the opportunity to present the books in a comfortable, intimate environment. Many thanks to Julia Reichstein for her wholehearted support and assistance in preparation for the day.
Highlights of the event also included the delightful guitar accompaniment of Tony Brooker, Library President, as well as the quick wit and entertaining acting skills of the wonderful Julia Reichstein, Library Volunteer. From our funny skits to playing Musical Chairs,
Pass the Parcel, Celebrity Head, and .factor, this entire event was a blast and really brought everyone together.
Many thanks to Tony Brooker and Julia Reichstein for their wholehearted involvement and the opportunity that Mentone Library granted me to present .factor to its patrons. Thanks also to Chinmay for all the photos. The whole experience was an absolute pleasure.
Opening "An Author for All Seasons" Series 5, March 2015
"How We Played Then And How We Play Now"
Radio Interview with Graeme Johnstone on 88.3 Southern FM,
10am Friday 23rd September 2016