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Speaker Profile - Jenny Woolsey


Region: Australia East
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Australian author and motivational speaker, Jenny Woolsey, writes stories and blogs on the theme, Be Weirdly Wonderful! Embrace your difference. She has been an educator for 30 years and is a strong advocate for people living with facial differences, mental illness, Down syndrome, inclusive education and disability equality.  

Jenny’s writing is influenced by her life. She was born with a rare craniofacial syndrome, has anxiety and depression, and a visual impairment requiring a white cane. Her three children also have disabilities. Jenny is passionate about anti-bullying, and equipping children with a strong sense of self, to know they are perfect the way they are... and if they are called weird, that's wonderful, because they can use that uniqueness to go on and achieve great things! 

Jenny's published novels are: Ride High Pineapple, Brockwell the Brave, Land of Britannica, Daniel Barker: By Power or Blight, Amy and Phoenix. She also has short stories published in Mater Hospital 100 Stories, Redemption, Like a Woman, From the Edge, What an Adventure! anthologies. All Jenny's stories have characters that are different in some way and include other social issues.

Presentation Description:

I am a motivational speaker on the theme of Be Weirdly Wonderful! Embrace your difference. 

I present to students:
* To Be or Not to Be a Wonder workshop - this is in response to 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio workshop and also relates to my story Ride High Pineapple, 
* A dragon writing workshop which relates to Brockwell the Brave and Land of Britannica
*An ancient Egypt writing workshop which relates to Daniel Barker: By Power or Blight and Daniel Barker: Journey to Egypt
*Living with low vision and blindness writing workshop which relates to Simon Sees
*A general diversity and disability workshop and 
* An author visit.