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Celebrity Spotlight: Jackie French
Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 1, No. 4 - July/August 2009

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How do you contribute to the education of kids?

I'd like to give kids new universes to explore.
I'd like to give kids new ways to look at the history we thought we knew... but maybe got wrong.
I'd like to give kids the tools to think about the world, and how it could be different.
I'd like to give kids laughter, too.

Where did you go to school?

Camp Hill Primary
Somerville House
Brisbane State High
University of QLD

Please tell us about your family

I have a husband, 1 son, 2 stepdaughters, 4 step grandchildren, 37 wombats, 6 lyrebirds and 5 black tailed wallabies.

What was your first job?

Washing dishes at the Mater Mother's Hospital in Brisbane. I also learnt how to make great lamingtons and passionfruit sponge fingers.

What are your hobbies?

Mooching about the bush, studying wombats and other animals, and swimming in the creek whenever it rains... it's a bit hard to swim when it's only a 3cm puddle.

If you found you only had 6 weeks to live what would you do?

Same as what I am doing now. Watch the wombats and other wildlife, write books, sit and talk and laugh with family and friends, walk up the mountain and watch the mist float down the gullies. I'd probably eat a lot more chocolate though.

What are your career highlights?

I am on a high every time a new book works!

What do you value most in life?

I value my family, friends (including the fur and feathered sort), the bush and books.

What is your most unforgettable personal experience?

This was the birth of my son.

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