It was an amazing night! Why? Well it was ‘special’ for a number of reasons. I was the main editor of the production this year, along with my wonderful Teacher Librarian colleague Kirsten Reim (who wrote a wonderful editorial for me), supported by my ever efficient library team. We came to the job a little late this year, so it was a complete scramble to the end, making sure that everything was as right as possible. So much writing, so much art, so many decisions about layout and presentation. It was an amazing and rewarding experience to be able to work on a publication that showcases the work of our students who have the courage to speak up in artistic forms.
Author Brian Caswell provided the judging of the student’s literary works. Brian was Writer in Residence at the College earlier in the year. Brian’s comments for each item he chose for an award are worth reading – so much so, that this year I included the judge’s comments within the publication itself as a record of achievement for the students.
Kids of Dreams was launched on Friday 19th November with the help of my talented Twitter friend Mark Pesce (inventor, writer, theorist, panelist on #newinventors, obsessed with language, communication, social networks). I was able to tell the audience that Mark was the first VIP guest to come to the College as a result of an invitation arranged through Twitter!
Mark provided an inspirational keynote/official launch presentation – and focussed on the power of creativity to drive our learning and thinking. Creativity and inspiration is inside us all, and around us every day. How we harness these talents and opportunities is up to us, and how we share them with others is the key to change and development of value in all we do.
Hey! I never thought I would be MC at an event with Mark!! Thanks very much Mark for making out 21st celebration a stunning success.