Experiences of The Real Mulan – a diary entry by Declan Eshman

How dare they! Father is too old for such violence! If only… I was a boy. I could serve in his place, I could save my family, the grief of the loss of a father. He had already served for so long, why burden him with this? Maybe… just maybe I could… I can.

The ground is tougher than rock, when it’s not it’s more muddy and bogged than anything. The air either rips and tears the moisture from your throat or clings to the lungs as tar would. The training! Oh it breaks your bones, and scrapes your feet bare… but I still don’t regret it, every labour I endure is a labour father does not have to. I love him and mother… love them more than anything.

The plates of armour feel heavy against my aching back. Days of marching ahead make everyone grumpy. It’s more painful than most things. Food is also scarce, and only the bare necessities are given to each soldier, no meat only rice. Although, the general doesn’t get much better.

I will stay strong for my parents, for my family! I will be strong for them, for father, I will endure.

Brittany wins Mudgee Valley Writers’ Competition

Brittany Doolan was the winner of the poetry and short story competitions in the Mudgee Valley Writers’ Competition

Every year we encourage our students to enter the Mudgee Valley, Norman Vickers Competition. We have been lucky enough this year to have the extraordinary talents of Brittany Doolan enter and take out both the poetry and short story section for under 18’s. Brittany is a very talented young writer and often places or wins, however this is quite an effort to take out both sections. Brittany is to be congratulated on her commendable efforts and we look forward to her continued success as she continues along this very creative and lucrative path

Everybody has a story

Young Adult writer, Paul Stafford returned this week with this effective initiative.  Paul gives students strategies they can use to incorporate historical fact into fiction writing.  Paul uses the knowledge of each group to write a paragraph immersing the reader in a particular historical moment and works with the group for the next paragraph.  Students complete the piece of writing with the third paragraph.  Each group’s work is quite different and exciting.  Think Richard Fidler, Hannah Kent, Peter FitzSimons or Tom Holland.  This is where these writers started.

For a sample of student writing read on…

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Feast of Words 2018 – A Recipe for Success!

The first course of Coonabarabran High School’s Feast of Words Festival wrapped up on Friday 6th April. The Feast of Words, now a highlight of Coonabarabran High’s calendar, aims to foster a love of literature and give students the opportunity to engage with professional writers in a fun, educational and interactive week. This year, Coonabarabran was host to an ensemble of writers, both familiar and new to the Festival: J.C. Burke, Anna Maria Dell’oso, Alex Tighe and Justine Landis-Hanley.

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