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Authors provide presentations in local schools

Author Martine Jacquot has authored 30 books and presented readings in Tunisia, Russia, Cameroon, Morocco, Romania and India. She presented to MGEC Grade 7 and 8 core French and immersion classes at Maple Grove Education Centre on Nov. 20.
Author Martine Jacquot has authored 30 books and presented readings in Tunisia, Russia, Cameroon, Morocco, Romania and India. She presented to MGEC Grade 7 and 8 core French and immersion classes at Maple Grove Education Centre on Nov. 20. - Carla Allen

Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia offers Writers in Schools program throughout province

YARMOUTH -  Authors are sharing their stories with students at Maple Grove Education Centre (MGEC) with the goal of sparking their imagination.

MGEC is one of several schools in the region participating in the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program offered by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

The initiative sees Nova Scotia writers providing presentations, workshops and readings to students of every grade.

On Nov. 20, author Martine Jacquot presented to MGEC Grade 7 and 8 core French and immersion classes. She also visited Yarmouth Central School recently.

Jacquot has authored 30 books and presented readings in Tunisia, Russia, Cameroon, Morocco, Romania and India. She believes it’s important to share her humble origins with students.

“My parents were very poor and we had two books in the house when I grew up,” she said.

“I think if it’s what you’re meant to do, you will find ways to do it. This is what I try to tell them. Even if it is only one student who is going to get something out of what I say, I have done my job,” she said.

Louise Johnson, MGEC library technician, says the students have enjoyed the presentations.

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said.

“This is crucial and critical for literature, especially in a day and age where libraries are not appreciated like they used to be.”

Author Julian Mortimer Smith spoke to the Grade 8 English classes about the science fiction genre on Nov. 6. Pamela Hickman will be speaking about nature on Nov. 27.

Financial support for the WITS program comes from the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Arts Nova Scotia.

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