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An Australian Literary Treasure

I arrived in Australia as a French-speaking five-year-old, without a word of English, and started school in Sydney within only a few weeks of arriving. Today, I am an internationally-published author of children’s books, writing with complete and happy ease in a language—English—that’s become the language of my imagination. How did this happen? In part, the answer comes directly from the influence of the School Magazine, one of the world’s great literary treasures, which (rather incongruously) emanates from the very heart of a bureaucratic behemoth, the New South Wales Department of Education. The School Magazine is the oldest literary magazine…

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