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From Kinglake to Kabul

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"As long as we are still alive, we can have everything later, we can start from scratch." —My Nguyen, Kinglake


"I hope to feel safe in every part of Afghanistan, not just in my room." —Sabrina Omar, Kabul
Kinglake had one day of disaster with far-reaching effects; Kabul has endured 30 years of war. In this remarkable collection of young people's writing, students from school
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Allen & Unwin (first published February 1st 2011)
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Deborah Abela
Kinglake Teacher David Williams and writer-in-residence, Neil Grant, wanted to start a writing project between Kinglake and the International School in Kabul so their students could realise how lucky there were to live in a country where they could have access to education, when it is denied to so many others. After Black Saturday, they hesitated continuing, but realised the sharing of stories between these kids who had lost so much, would be a true education. They even extended the invitation t ...more
Jennifer
An invaluable lesson in perspective, forcing comparison between the dreadful bushfires in Australia and the misfortunes faced more regularly in Afghanistan. The stories are honest and searing, and the reactions recorded by observers touching and affecting.
Josiah
Good little anthology of stories by students from Kabul and Kinglake, Australia. It was cool to see some of my students write about their experiences here.
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Neil Grant was born in Scotland in the year of the Fire Horse. He graduated from the International School of Kuala Lumpur in 1985 and spent a large part of his adult life traveling and working in a variety of jobs, including instrument sterilizer, forklift driver, banana picker, dishwasher, and brickie's laborer. His long involvement with the ocean and the difficult business of struggling from boy ...more
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