Friday, 6 May 2011

Mark Of Arabia

We received an email this week from old boy, and past staff member, Mark Chamberlain. Mark will be visiting schools in NZ during August, including his old school of course. If you have an affiliation with a school and would like to have Mark pay a visit we include his letter of introduction below - just get in touch with him.

I am a New Zealander and have been working at an American school in the Middle East for the past ten years. I have made numerous author presentations both in the Middle East and Europe. I am looking forward to making a tour of schools in my own country.

I have had five books published. They are printed in America through SHIH Village Publications and can be viewed online as part of the Amazon Books collection. (If you google Amazon Books and type in SHIH Village Publications you will find all the specifics.) Three of the books form a trilogy and relate to boys’ adventures. They are set in New Zealand where I grew up. The fourth book is entitled Lawrence of Arabia: Desert Wolf and relates the life of T.E. Lawrence, the only book on his life accepted by the Saudi Government for distribution in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The fifth book is a manual for teachers of writing called, Releasing Reluctant Writers.

You may have reservations about accepting an unknown author. I can therefore supply you with references from principals of schools I have visited offshore at your request. As a journalist, while working in New Zealand in 1998, I won an international award for a feature article and can send a copy of that as well. My book on Lawrence was also runner-up in an international competition promoted by Writers’ Digest.

The trilogy of adventure books appeal to readers in the 9-12 year old age group and my work on Lawrence best suits those in the 13-17 year age group. Depending on the ages of your students I can, therefore, run one or two presentations.

My presentations last an hour and involve selections from my work as well as reflections on writing and the life of an author. I do not charge a fee for my presentations. I will accept a koha to defray travel expenses though that of course is not a requirement. I do, however, ask for support in promoting the sale of my books. All my books are available online though I will be bringing copies of Lawrence and one of my boys’ adventure books. I am happy to take the time to personally sign any books purchased.

I will be traveling through the North Island between August 1st and August 10th.

If you would like me to visit your school just let me know the date and time that would best suit and I will hand it on to my wife who will get back to you with the details. One last thing: when promoting Lawrence of Arabia: Desert Wolf I usually come dressed as an Arab. If that will cause any difficulty let me know and that can easily be changed.

Yours Sincerely

Mark Chamberlain.

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