Laura Ham in Year 11 has just achieved the dream of any young writer. Laura and 25 other students from around the country have just had their short story published.
Following the success of Alice Pung’s first young adult novel Laurinda. Alice joined forces with her publisher ‘Black Inc’ and charity ‘Room to Read’ to create this exciting new literary education project, ‘My First Lesson’. My First Lesson is an anthology of pieces from high school students around the country reflecting on life lessons learned in high school. Themes include identity and belonging, conflict and bullying, power and fairness. Alice selected 25 stellar stories from hundreds of entries by Australian secondary school students.
Head of Student Leadership at Moama Anglican Grammar Miss Sophie Moylan said “Laura’s writing is underpinned by gothic elements, making her short stories engaging and unique. Her accomplishments are a reflection of her hard work, dedication and desire to extend herself. Laura is an excellent example of how someone can achieve success by challenging themselves to undertake something new and unfamiliar”.
On Monday 29 August Laura along with her fellow writers attended a session at the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival. Laura said “it was a great experience, we got to hear Alice talk about the book and the stories. I met Alice and exchanged signatures with all contributors”.
It all still hasn’t sunk in for Laura, she said “It feels unbelievable. I feel privileged to have been chosen out of the many applicants, and it has given me the confidence boost I needed to continue with my writing”.
‘My First Lesson’ is officially released to the Public in September and can be purchased from Black Inc for $14.99. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Room to Read, an organisation helping empower young women in disadvantaged countries to get an education.