The Rattling of Pirate Bones

The scull and crossbones, sometimes known as The Jolly Roger, has become synonymous with pirates worldwide.

The Asian Festival of Children’s Content is just over a week away now. I can hear the rattling of pirate bones and feel the mysterious presence of Caroline as she searches for the lost treasure on Straggler’s Reef.

Lumped together in the same paragraph like this you could be forgiven for thinking that Black Jack Anderson, the pirate, and Caroline McLean, daughter of Rottnest Island’s first lighthouse keeper are characters in the same book. However, if you are in Singapore between the 2nd and 5th of June you will discover that, although they are both long dead, the presence of these two historical figures will be felt as their exciting stories are told and some of the techniques of writing for young people are explored.

Of course there will be lots of other stories told and interesting people to meet at this celebration of children’s books, CDs, DVDs and games. With a stellar international cast of presenters this is bound to be a fabulously stimulating and entertaining event.

Come along and join us at the National Library of Singapore – as long as you are not afraid of pirates, or ghosts.

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