Author(s): Ted Dawe
DoP - Oct 2007, Auckland 72pp In this exciting new book of short stories, Ted Dawe has created quite distinct narrators for each story, each one telling the story in their own characteristic voice. In showing how a story is influenced by Ã¢ÂÂvoiceÃ¢ÂÂ, students will understand something about the writing process. In the Preface, Ted Dawe talks about his early life and how it influenced the way he tells stories, and where his ideas come from. In the authorÃ¢ÂÂs comment after each story, Ted explains how the story came about and offers suggestions on how students could write their own stories. A TeacherÃ¢ÂÂs Guide CD, is available for purchase. It contains curriculum-related activities and suggested answers, a section on drafting a short story as well as two extra short stories for classroom use. Students can also listen to Ted Dawe reading his comments on each story.
Ted Dawe is both a writer and a teacher. He has taught in Auckland Secondary Schools for many years (HOD English at Dilworth for 13 years) and now teaches at Taylors College, a foundation college on Karangahape Road in Auckland. He has written three novels, Thunder Road, K Road and And did those feet... Thunder Road won the NZ Post Young Adults Book Award and the Best First Book Award in 2004. He is a keen advocate of reading and writing and visits many schools each year to talk about his writing.