Libby Hathorn Biography

Libby Hathorn is an award winning poet and author of more than fifty books for children and young people, as well as books for adults. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland.
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She was a National Ambassador for the National Year of Reading in Australia in 2012, and is an Australia Day Ambassador each year, visiting country towns to discuss literature, especially poetry, and give workshops to interested writers.
Libby’s latest stories include A Boy Like Me; a story about peace, illus Bruce Whatley, 2012, young adult novel Fire Song (ABC Books, Highly Commended in Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2010) and Women's Work, a collection of contemporary women's poetry, (Pax Press 2013),
Her best-selling novel Thunderwith re-titled The Echo of Thunder as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starred Judy Davis who was nominated for an EMMY for her performance as Gladwyn. Of her picture storybooks Grandma's Shoes was performed as an opera by Opera Australia and Theatre of Image and Libby won an AWGIE for the libretto; and Sky Sash So Blue was performed in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Libby is a keen educator, has lectured part-time at Sydney University; is a guest at conferences and writers' festivals such as the Ubud Writers' Festival, 2012; and is devoted to poetry and to 'spreading the word' about poetry.
About Poetry. She is working closely with institutions and schools with her poetry program in which she uses a special poetry writing technique. These include:-100 Views Poetry - an online sharing of cultural icon of school communities in poetry and art. 2005 to 2010
NSW Dept of Education and Learning Connected Classroom: Poetry Masterclasses with Libby Hathorn See educational and technical considerations SCAN this August 2012
Power Poetry with Hathorn Technique at The Powerhouse Discovery Centre - a poetry trail devised for school visits where poetry writing is linked to objects from the collection 2011-2012. See article Powerline, Spring 12, pp 16-17
Electorboard. Virtual book launch of new picture storybook A Boy Like Me with illustrator Bruce Whately and 10 schools. And video conferencing poetry master classes. 2012
State Library of NSW Video Conferencing with regional schools and sharing and performing poetry writing activities and publishing. 2012 and 2013
Yo Poetry! under development linking poetry to emerging technologies.

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