There can be no mistake, Mark Greenwood is a storyteller extraordinaire.
Each group of a hundred year 6 children or so, was spell-bound and for good reason. Cliffhangers, magical objects, the island of angry ghost, treasures, sunken ships, and more ghosts had the children yelling for more, and wanting to know what happened next.
And they were FEELING something whether it was being a little scared, sad, surprised, awed, or touched by the sacrifices of war, and it was these feelings that Mark was after.
If you want to write a good story, you have to capture these feeling and he says: ‘Feelings are the beating heart of the story.’
Mark explained more about the origin and background of his stories including those of Jandamarra, Simpson and His Donkey, The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef, Ned Kelly and The Green Sash, Fortuyn’s Ghost, and Midnight.
Almost each story had a secret, a surprise or a mystery that Mark had discovered or uncovered while travelling all over the world to research his faction stories.
Mark Greenwood is an author with a passion for history. His books, The Legend of Moondyne Joe and The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef have won the West Australian Premier’s Award for children’s books. Ned Kelly & The Green Sash won the West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award and Simpson and His Donkey was a CBCA Honour Book and a USBBY Outstanding International Book.
Jandamarra, illustrated by Terry Denton, has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for 2014, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature 2014 and the 2014 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards.
Mark often teams with his wife, illustrator Frané Lessac, to produce books that promote an understanding of multicultural issues, such as Drummer Boy of John John, Magic Boomerang, Outback Adventure, and Our Big Island.
Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles http://www.yvonnemes.com