Launch of the second Women’s Voices book

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Women's Voices book launch poster in blue and white
Poster for the Women’s Voices book launch

Transitions expressed in Women’s Voices

The launch of the second Women’s Voices book I’ve got something MORE to say will take place on Sunday 26th June in the Salle de Fete at Ponsan-Soubiran a small village in the South West of France.

I’ll be there to join all the women who have contributed their stories, poems and drawings to the book. There will be music and performances as well as some readings from the book. There will also be art on display, wine and cakes and books for sale.

We can picnic by the riverside before the event if we wish. It will be a very pleasant day with the opportunity to meet other writers, poets and artists and talk about what we do and why we do it. Among us will be published writers, self-published writers and aspiring writers and artists. I do believe that writers’ and artists’ workshops are important ways of encouraging self-expression through writing and art. All humans are creative thinkers and these activities are essential for our mental and physical well-being.

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The magical world inside a storybook

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Dust and Raim: Chipo and Chibwe save the Green Valley. – My books have arrived.

Where do we go and what happens when we open a book and read a story? Is the story only the product of the printed words on the page or do we create a new personal magical world that goes beyond the print? Where do our thoughts and imagination come from? Such gifts aren’t given us by schools even if good teaching can enhance them.

What is a story and where do they come from?

My story – Dust and Rain: Chipo and Chibwe save the Green Valley – has just been published but I’ve written many other stories. Did they come out of my present physical experiences or originate in my childhood history? Are they just dreamed up? Did I invent them or discover them? What happens to you when you read them? Will your reading of my story be different to the way another reader might see them or the way I planned them? I’d love to know what you think.

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Dust and Rain needs your help please

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Mokoro paddles Chipo and Chibwe down the Great River so they learn how the environment is interconnected

Our world needs love

What we need now is love . . . just love . . . for all the world and for the people in it.

I’ve just been walking around my garden thinking of the best way to ask all of you — friends, readers, climate change activists, educators, mothers, fathers, children and adults — for your help.

Dust And Rain is about love

Dust and Rain – a book that needs your help to promote climate change awareness

My new book – Dust and Rain: Chipo and Chibwe save the Green Valley wants to find many more readers who can spread the message of love, so I need your help.

First of all, it’s a great story and a good read. The book is set in Africa, in Zambia, but it’s a universal story that children (and adults) everywhere will enjoy – and it does make you see things in new ways! See these reviews.

Second, it’s an important book about climate change and the environment (and it would make a great film!). When I first dreamed up Dust and Rain for my five-year-old grandson, Stephen Kupakwesu, I thought of saving trees and charcoal burners and the changing weather patterns created by damming the Zambezi River with Kariba Dam. Now the issue of climate change is even more urgent.

Let me explain how you can help me – please!  Somehow, get hold of my book, read it, share it and promote it for the sake of its important message.

I have given away as many books as I can but still need more readers. If you like, you can buy it immediately via the Books page on this site.

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Dust and Rain: Chipo and Chibwe Save the Green Valley

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My new children’s story Dust and Rain: Chipo and Chibwe Save the Green Valley is published. I am very proud that Gadsden Publishers of Lusaka Zambia decided to launch it this April 2022 and I have spent the last two weeks talking about it in Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Dust and Rain is a story about the dramatic effects of climate change on our world and on Southern Africa and it is written for young readers. Chipo, the heroine, tells us about her exciting adventures as she and her brother Chibwe go on a quest through modern and magical Africa to save their farm from drought. The story will make children think about, question, and then try to find creative solutions for the climate change that affects all of us. Gadsden Publishers have carefully edited and examined it for detail, accuracy and its relevance and appeal for children today.

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Lubuto – a library on fire in Lusaka

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Lubuto Library students listening to Dust and Rain

I had a wonderful experience at the Model Library in Garden Compound, Lusaka. I met Kenny and Brenda, two very inspiring facilitators and mentors who work in the Library. On fire to promote reading, they arranged for me to read part of my new children’s book, Dust and Rain, to a group of children and then answer their questions. I think the photos of the occasion speak for themselves.

Kenny and Brenda were on fire in their work to encourage children to read and to express themselves through art and drama but a dreadful and sad disaster lies behind my title. The reading room and its books at the Model Library did catch fire and burn down last year in the middle of the Covid crisis.

Please consider donating to this wonderful charity so they can continue saving the vulnerable children in that community. Visit this website www.lubuto.org for donations. The Model Library is fully funded at the moment but other Lubuto libraries in Zambia will welcome your help.

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