School Visits & Speaking Events

“What a valuable experience for children!  Megan’s delightful personality and manner with children helps make her book come alive.  Her love for gardening and art is infectious.  Megan soon had children and teachers alike looking on our school garden with inquisitive eyes.  Soon after we were using charcoal and paint,  and feeling capable of artistic expression.  I highly recommend inviting Megan…

Wynnum Manly Community Garden

I spent a lovely morning facilitating a lino printing workshop at Wynnum Manly Community Garden with local children in the school holidays. It was a beautiful crisp, clear and sunny Brisbane winter morning. We talked together about the structure of plants – fruit and leaves – how generous nature is when we counted how many…

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School Visit to Manly State School

I was invited to read A Patch from Scratch to Jesse’s classroom at Manly State School. We started with a game of ‘Simon Says’. There was lots of giggling as the children twisted themselves into the shapes of a bananas, bunches of grapes, apples,  worms, chooks and so on. Because the book is long, I stopped at the…

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Reviews for A Patch from Scratch

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/book-reviews-childrens-picture-books-20160209-gmo1y9.html ‘A Patch from Scratch (Penguin. 32 pp, $24.99) deals not with our past but with building for the future, as it champions sustainable gardening for a young audience. Told in the first person by an enthusiastic little boy, the text details how Jesse and his family create a vegie garden and raise chickens in their…

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Teachers’ Notes

A Patch from Scratch is about one family’s desire to “live more like people on a farm”. This text is highly accessible for all primary students and could be used to suit the curriculum in a range of key learning areas. This text might form the introduction to a cross-curricular unit on sustainability as encouraged…

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I just came back from a wonderful weekend at the annual BIA Moreton Island Art Camp. Accomodated in M*A*S*H style tents, surrounded by inspiring fellow artists, including ‘Hot Lips Hoolihan’ aka Casey Macneil and the lovely Kristin Mountjoy, as well as Banksia Trees, She Oaks, curlews, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean, the sweet waters of…

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