Author Visit

6th November 2015

Budding writers at Barrow Hills School were in for a treat last Friday 6th November, when author Kendra Smith visited the School to deliver a number of workshops with children in Years 6 to 8.

Ms Smith, whose popular novel ‘Jacaranda Wife’ reached the Number One spot on Australia’s ‘best selling Kindle eBooks’ chart, has an established track record in journalism, having worked for and contributed to a number of renowned women’s interest magazines including OK!, Woman & Home, Delicious and Cosmopolitan.


Kendra talked to the children about her life as a journalist and the inspiration behind her first novel including the journey to finally getting the book published.  In addition, Kendra provided practical guidance to explain the differences between writing fiction and developing content for the media.

Commenting on her visit to the School, Ms Smith, who has a son in Year 7 at Barrow Hills, says, 

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to share my passion for writing with the children and it was such fun to spend time helping some potential writers of the future!  Completing a novel issomething that so many people aspire to, but the practicalities of doing that are generally kept under wraps.  I hope my experience will encourage more children to pick up their pens – or rather tap on their keyboards – if they want a career working with words.”

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