Hi! I'm Kerry, a writer, musician, traveller and retired teacher librarian from Newcastle, Australia. I have a Masters in Education and am a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Hunter Writers Centre. I write picture books, poetry and short stories that focus on community, empathy, tolerance, music and the environment. My stories often include fragments of the people I've met and places I've visited during my time teaching and travelling the world with my husband and children. I'm a HUGE fan of animation and still drag my children along to the latest animated movies whenever they’re home. My poems have been published online, won a local writer's competition, received an honorable mention, and been featured in the Lighthouse Arts Exhibition in my hometown. My story 'An Outback Christmas' was published in Christmas Tales 7: Short Stories with Storm Cloud Publishing. You can follow me on Twitter @gittins_kerry, and Instagram @gittinskerry. I support Room to Read, an organisation that focuses on girls education, and promotes literacy and reading in low income communities across Asia and Africa. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my writing so please stay a while, take a look around my website, and if you'd like to leave a comment, drop me a line via the contact form below.
Lesson Planning in Your Library - presentation for teacher librarians in HCMC, Vietnam: June 2023
Promoting Your Library - presentation for teacher librarians in HCMC, Vietnam: June 2023
Libraries and Literature: Creating Connections Through Service Learning - presentation for 21st Century Learning Hong Kong Library Mini Conference: online November 2021.
Libraries. Learning and Lockdown: the new normal - article for the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) Access online magazine. ACCESS, vol. 34, issue 2, June 2020.
The Importance of School Libraries in Learning for the Future - Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) Conference and Workshop: Hanoi, December 2019.
Design Thinking in the Library: the 5th 'C' - workshop presentation at Librarian's Knowledge Sharing Workshop: Kuala Lumpur, November 2019.
Getting Started with Meaningful Ed Tech Tools - workshop presentation with Chantal Kruger at EduTECH Asia Conference: Singapore, October 2018
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