Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2017
20 A 40-year career as an early childhood teacher has inspired a local author’s foray into writing children’s books. Unley resident Jayne Dance’s first book, Dancing with Ruby, is about a teacher who takes dancing classes to help inspire her students. “I never really set out to be an author but it all happened when I was on a teaching exchange in England in 2005,” Jayne says. “ T here were all these wacky characters and nonsense rhymes going around in my head so I went and put pen to paper. It’s been a long process because you pick it up and put it down at different times in your life.” “A lot of my writing has happened right here in Unley and at the Unley Library.” Jayne says the central character reflects herself in many ways. “ T he story is about the true essence of teaching - about a teacher recognising a need and then doing something about it. That’s really special to me because that’s what I believe is really good practice.” The book also features beautiful illustrations by Parkside-based illustrator Donna Gynell whom Jayne was introduced to through a connection at Unley Kindergar ten. Jayne hopes the book will teach children about resilience and the benefits of having a can-do attitude despite struggles, mistakes or distractions. Dancing with Ruby is expected to be available in Spring 2017. To order a copy, visit jaynedance.com.au Goodwood Arthouse Marketplace Art imitates life for local author Goodwood Primary School will soon transform into a bustling craft and food market. The sixth annual Goodwood Arthouse Marketplace will be held on Sunday, November 12. There will be about 50 stalls, says organiser, stallholder and Goodwood trader Jen Weeks who runs clothing label Frock Me Out. “ T he arts and community driven market showcases some of our best local designers and handmakers within an all-inclusive family-friendly atmosphere,” she says. “ T here will be over 50 stalls including locally designed homewares, jewellery, ar t and fashion.” A heap of kids enter tainment has also been planned as well as a variety of food stalls to cater to a range of tastes. She says the event is a great fundraiser, with stallholder fees and canteen sales all going to the school. “ T he marketplace is also a fantastic social get together for the local school community,” Jen says. Goodwood Primary School Principal Deborah Brassington says students are also taking part. “A ll students are selecting one piece of art work they are par ticularly proud of and these will be printed onto cards,” she says. “A ll families will be able to purchase their child’s card as part of our school’s fundraising projects.” “In addition to this, the wider community attending the market will be able to view the art work through the cards and be able to purchase packs of cards as well.” For more information about the event, head to the Goodwood Arthouse Marketplace Facebook page. Jen Weeks, Michelle Fogden and Donna Tripodi. Donna Gynell, Jayne Dance.
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