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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 Programs outreach

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 Iowa.

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 His first book, "2Much4U" (1999) received the 1998 Tom Fitzgibbon Award for best children's fiction by a previously unpublished author.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

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs' outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.