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  • Bonjour Lucy Bee now in Ebook format
    I'm so pleased that Bonjour Lucy Bee is now in Ebook format and so will be more freely available. You can go to https://books2read.com/bonjourlucybee for Kindle, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Angus & Robertson, etc. Also from my publisher OneTree House at https://www.onetree-house.com/product-page/bonjour-lucy-bee-e-book
    Posted: Monday 9 August 2021
  • Celebrating our illustrators
    I'm full of admiration for our children's book illustrators. It's a wonderful kind of magic how they can conjure up an image - images, and then get them down on paper. Illustrations in picture books are not just decorative. They tell stories just as words do, helping to bring to life the written texts they accompany. They flesh out the characters, the settings, the actions, and the feelings the story evokes. In other words, they illustrate between the lines. To celebrate our local children'
    Posted: Monday 9 August 2021
  • Calling all authors
    The New Zealand Society of Authors has a new look, and after 85 years is more helpful to budding and experienced writers than ever. I've been a member for well over 10 years (with a short break while I was living overseas) and have benefited from the society's advice and support in many ways. If you are serious about writing, I highly recommend a visit to their website to see all the advantages membership offers
    Posted: Friday 22 January 2021
  • Earthquakes, undersea adventures & more
    Earthquakes, undersea adventures, fairy stories, a spaceship emergency, a kidnapping, and so much more. Twelve exciting tales from 12 young writers who came along to the writing workshop with their own idea for a story. We built on their ideas giving their story a structure. Then, their imagination took over. Swoosh! Such a joy to see their enthusiasm and commitment. They just wanted to keep on writing and writing.... Then, as all good writers do, they sent their story out into the worl
    Posted: Tuesday 20 October 2020
  • Bonjour Lucy Bee reading on Youtube
    The New Zealand Society of Authors have launched their 'NZ Writers Read', initiative, dedicated playlists on their Youtube channel of NZ authors reading from their work. If you go to https://youtu.be/felZhsGORbk you can listen to me reading a chapter from Bonjour Lucy Bee.
    Posted: Monday 13 April 2020
  • Lockdown Activities
    The first chapter of Bonjour Lucy Bee is free to download from onetree-house.com. Free activity sheets to encourage young writers are also available from the same website. While we are all at home One Tree House will be providing resources to educate, entertain and amuse young readers and writers. Check them out!
    Posted: Thursday 9 April 2020
  • Wonderful Michael Morpurgo interview with Jim Mora on National Radio just after 11am today, Sunday 5 April. If you missed it, do try to log in to listen to it. So sane and inspiring.
    Posted: Sunday 5 April 2020
  • Free Teachers' Notes
    With families, stuck at home, parents and caregivers are looking for activities to entertain and educate! To help with this, my publisher OneTree House has put up teachers notes for many of their books as well as first chapters of some of their books in pdf form. Free teachers notes of Bonjour Lucy Bee are available at www.onetree-house.com/teachers-notes
    Posted: Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Budding young writers wanting some inspiration during the lockdown? I've just put some fun writing activities on my website anneingram.com to keep you writing.
    Posted: Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • So disappointing to have to cancel the writing workshop today. Was looking forward to meeting 12 keen young writers aged 9-13 from a number of local schools in Kapiti. But everyone understood it was the wisest move. And keen young writers will write anywhere. Hope to reconvene the workshop when it is safe to do so.
    Posted: Sunday 22 March 2020
  • Turning an idea into a story
    I'm taking a writing workshop for children in March. Please see poster below for details.
    Posted: Tuesday 18 February 2020
  • Kapiti Children's Writers celebrate
    Kapiti Children's Writers celebrated our writing year in a fun evening last night at a gathering at the Kapiti Library for our Christmas party. As part of the celebrations, members shared their writing successes, whether it was having a new book (or books) published, or getting a short story in a new publication or placed in a competition, or the satisfaction of starting or finishing a piece of work. Lots to celebrate! Including Mandy Hager's election as President of the New Zealand Society o
    Posted: Thursday 14 November 2019
  • Focusing on social media
    It's always a pleasure to go along to the monthly Focus Group meetings where we discuss a particular skill or aspect of writing. This time it wasn't characterisation or structure or pace, but something else we all need to know how to navigate - social media, a necessity for writers these days. The youngest members among us were the most clued up, of course, and brought us all up to speed on what we needed to know, extending our vocabulary with new definitions given to established words: tags
    Posted: Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Kidsbooksnz.blogspot have given Bonjour Lucy Bee a lovely review. "Fancy a quick trip to France?" they say. "All you need is a cuppa, a comfy place to read and this great book from Anne Ingram. Allons-y." After giving a synopsis, they comment that "The French phrases add a light handed authenticity, which coupled with the descriptive scene setting has you feeling like you are right there with Lucy. The plight of the refugees is handled well; there is no heavy lecturing, instead we are shown
    Posted: Friday 30 August 2019
  • Magpies Review
    Review of Bonjour Lucy Bee in the July Magpies Magazine, very heartening. Reviewer, Melissa Spark says that "There is nothing overly political in this book; only the truth about human relationships, identity and empathy." She describes the book as "gently tackling the topic of prejudice, tolerance and the current refugee crisis, encouraging the reader to employ sensitivity for people who are displaced." And goes on to say, "The easy way this is written genuinely asks the year 6 reader or inte
    Posted: Monday 12 August 2019
  • Kapiti Children's Writers hosted Philippa Werry
    Such an enjoyable afternoon on Sunday when Philippa Werry came to talk to local writers about "The Telegram', her WW1 book for young readers which has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Awards. Philippa loves New Zealand history and has written a number of appealing titles that open up our past to young New Zealanders.
    Posted: Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • The skinny on Children's Book Publishing
    The Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie was host yesterday to a one day workshop on writing and publishing for children. Organised by the Wellington Children's Book Association, six local writers and illustrators, each with a different area of expertise, gave the captive audience of 30 their top tips. Craft, collaborative writing, graphic novels, online marketing, book award judging and presenting at an overseas festival were all covered. And Ruth, owner of the Children's Bookshop gave us her info
    Posted: Monday 22 July 2019
  • Friends of the Kapiti Libraries
    We're so lucky to have a very active Friends of the Libraries group in Kapiti. They not only have interesting speakers - authors, playwrights and poets usually, but last week we had editor Jane Parkin speaking. Our Kapiti Children's Writers were asked to speak recently too, and five of us talked about our work and later, sold copies of our books.
    Posted: Monday 15 July 2019
  • Booklovers review
    A thoughtful and considered review for Bonjour Lucy Bee, this one by Rebekah Fraser on the NZBooklovers site. To view, please see https://www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/post/bonjour-lucy-beeby-anne-ingram
    Posted: Friday 21 June 2019
  • Bonjour Lucy Bee sample chapter available
    Sapling, the brilliant online review site for children's books has a sample chapter of Bonjour Lucy Bee for you to read. It's where Lucy is introduced to the local French village and chateau, and where the first incident in the story occurs. Go to https://www.thesapling.co.nz/single-post/2019/06/11THE-SAMPLING-An-exerpt-from-Bonjour-Lucy-Bee
    Posted: Tuesday 18 June 2019
  • My calligraphy friends have been busy
    How lovely of my calligraphy friends to make me cards for Bonjour Lucy Bee.
    Posted: Monday 17 June 2019
  • Bonjour Lucy Bee Review on Good Reads
    Such a generous review by Ann David on Good Reads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45693758-bonjour-lucy-bee?from_search=true
    Posted: Tuesday 4 June 2019
  • On a wet and windy night
    Despite the weather bomb hitting Wellington last night, some dear friends and dedicated Francophiles braved the wind and the wet to come to Alliance Francaise to listen to me talk about how I came to write Bonjour Lucy Bee. We were given a warm welcome by the wonderful director, Nathalie Buckrell, and by Violette Duquesne who had organised a delicious buffet table of French cheeses, charcuterie, bread and French wine. What a lovely place to be! I almost felt I was back in France.
    Posted: Thursday 30 May 2019
  • Alliance Francaise
    I'd love you to come to Alliance Francaise Wellington this Thursday evening, 30 May, at 6pm where I'll be talking about how I came to write Bonjour Lucy Bee. I'll be giving a reading, answering questions and signing books. Please come and join us and enjoy some French nibbles and drinks.
    Posted: Monday 27 May 2019

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