CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 25, 2001
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are interested in covering and/or photographing this
event, please check in at the front desk at Hoover Elementary School to be
escorted to the classroom.
New Zealand writer visits local school Oct. 29 as part of International
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- New Zealand author Vince Ford will talk to students in
Marlene Johnson's fifth grade class at Hoover Elementary School, 2200 E. Court
Street, Iowa City on Monday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. His talk is part of
the University of Iowa International Programs' new initiative, International
Classroom Journey (ICJ), which seeks to globalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern
Ford is a children's author and participant in the UI International Writing
Program (IWP). He will talk about life in New Zealand and read from his work.
To prepare for the visit, Johnson's students are writing letters to be delivered
to the children at a school in New Zealand where Ford's wife serves as principal.
Ford has already won two awards for his two novels for children. His first
book, "2Much4U" (1999) received the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for
best children's fiction by a previously unpublished author. He is currently
working on a novel for a more adult audience. Scripting, managing, and presenting
video productions is Ford's current occupation. He has previously worked as
a Jackaroo on a 400,000 acre Australian property and a laborer in salt mines.
More information on his works can be found at www.vuw.ac.nx/nzbookcouncil/writers/fordvince.htm.
For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach
coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.