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Feb 25, 2011
via The Great Debate UK

Stories are powerful things


Anna Perera is the author of The Glass Collector and Guantanamo Boy. The opinions expressed are her own. Thomson Reuters will host a follow-the-sun live blog on March 8, 2011, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

The more we read stories about other cultures, the more we find places of balance in our own lives. My new young-adult novel, The Glass Collector, is a contemporary tale about a Zabbaleen teenage boy who struggles to survive amongst the trash heaps of Cairo in Egypt.

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      "Perera was born in London to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father. She worked as an English teacher in secondary schools in London before becoming responsible for a unit for excluded boys. She gained an MA in Writing for Children at Winchester University and has since had six children’s books published, including the critically acclaimed Guantanamo Boy which was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She learned about the plight of children held at Guantanamo Bay at a benefit event held by the human rights charity, Reprieve."
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