Duncan Watt

Author of the Wallace Boys Books Series 

 

 

 

 

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You can contact Duncan at:

wallaceboys@hotmail.co.uk

duncan@wallaceboysbooks.com

Tel:  (+65) 6469 3893 

 

More about Duncan Watt’s Talks

Animal Conservation and Creative Writing

Duncan Watt’s talks are intended for fairly small groups of children. Lasting an hour, they mainly deal with the plight of animals in Africa at the hands of poachers. He tries to show some of the dreadful results of the poachers’ work - the really appalling suffering caused to the animals. To do this, he reads extracts from one of his books, Kidnapped in the Kafue*, which is set in a wildlife paradise in Central Africa where, unfortunately, poaching still continues. He also shows a short video sequence of a baby rhino that has been most foully killed by poachers. It is on this video that he based an episode in his book which he always reads to the groups.

From talking about animals, he then turns to talking about developing Writing Skills. For example, he shows how he used the video of the baby rhino to get his ideas and vocabulary for writing that story. Depending on the children’s ability, he follows this up with more examples, using TV programmes to get ideas for writing. If time permits and if he feels that the children will gain from it, he then talks in more depth about getting ideas from other sources.

In the past, he has conducted three Creative Writing Camp Seminars for children from the Gifted Education Programme at the Teachers’ Network - so, for suitable students, he might be able to do something similar. He also conducted an intensive Sea Cruise Seminar for Writing Skills lasting several days, arranged by the National Book Development Council. He has also conducted several Writing Courses for teachers, including the Teachers' Network, entitled Generating Ideas for Narrative Writing with Budding Writers.

Finally in his talks, he gives a brief description of some of his stories in the hope that children will borrow them from the school library.

Unfortunately, after numerous reprints, there are no more stocks of his books. So a single DVD has been produced that contains all twenty of the Wallace Boys books in Adobe PDF.

Perhaps children may want to buy a disk themselves. If they do, he will most happily autograph them. As can be seen from the
Wallace Boys Web Site, which he suggests should be accessed both by teachers and children, his books are set in real places with the result, he hopes, that children learn more about the world around them: the nature, the history and the geography of where the stories are set, very different from some other children’s stories that are on the market these days.

* Kidnapped in the Kafue was lucky enough to win the Highly Commended Award from the Singapore National Book Development Council.

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