Can one person make a difference in the world?

Australian children's author, Karen Collum, thinks so.

Optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic, Karen is passionate about books that celebrate togetherness, embrace individuality and empower each reader, no matter how small, to do their part in making the world a better place.

Karen currently lives in Ballarat with her husband, three sons, one daughter, two dogs and a collection of characters that inhabit her imagination.

Art is a Lie.

yellow-made-logoSo today I had the privilege of being part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival regional event at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Ballarat. I was invited to talk on a panel about how writing for young people intersects with freedom, power and democracy. It was an absolute pleasure to share a table with Susan Green, Alison Arnold, Penni Russon and Nadine Cranenburgh. It was really fascinating to hear how all of us had interpreted the topic and there was a lovely accidental synchronicity in the order of our talks. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to everyone else’s perspectives and it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I thought I’d post a copy of my talk below in case anyone was interested.

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