Christmas is just around the corner... Gingerbreads taste delicious among baubles and colorful lights and it's nice to listen to fairy tales. It's nice to read Christmas stories to children on the eve of Christmas.
That is why I was very happy to meet the children from class III B, the same one my Ania attends yesterday. We read and prepared Christmas cards. I also had a pleasant surprise. Well, I received a beautiful heart, glued with smaller hearts described by children. Ms. Danusia, class teacher III B, used to be my tutor and maybe that's why for a moment I felt as if I had returned to my childhood times.
Well, the magic of Christmas and school years probably intertwined...
I fondly remember my literary, Italian adventure and people connected with my books: Beata Kowalczyk, Danuta Wojtaszczyk, Basia Bujalska and many others. And that is why I was happy to hear about further cooperation and the publication of another book on Feliks, a Polish leprechaun, a watermelon and an adventurous trip to Sicily.
It is thanks to Beata Kowalczyk, who is the head of the Common Europe Association, that there is hope for another fairy-tale meeting.
I invite you to read the articles about the past expedition.
Hello, my dear :)
Today I have a great pleasure to present you the book Anne from the Fairytale land of Green Gables . The book is translated into English and from May 2022 it will be sold on Prince Edward Island, also at the Lucy Mount Montgomery Museum
run by her heir, George Campbell.
Please have a look at the back cover where you will see two Green Gables.
I invite you to read :)
Meetings with the Polish diaspora
Rome, January 2015
In winter 2015, Fairy Tales of the Silver Moon appear, my first Italian-Polish publication. The book is the fruit of an extremely creative meeting with journalist Danuta Wojtaszczyk, living in Rome for many years, editor of the magazine Nasz świat and an introduction to our friendship.
The next Italian-Polish publication will be Fairy Tales of Golden Stars, to which meetings and workshops in the years 2018-2019 will be devoted.
Milan, November 2017
I found the invitation to Bookcity Milano a great distinction, because my fairy tale Tree and Bird was chosen by the organizers and presented as a spectacle. At that time, I wasn't learning Italian yet, but that didn't bother me at all. Ania, then tiny, was sitting on an oval cushion in the first row and also seemed to be absorbed in the spectacle.
And then we wandered around the autumn, sunny city, the overwhelming majesty of magnificent architecture, bursting with life and fragrant pizza.
Sicily, June 2018
Literary meeting in Palermo
I arrived to Palermo at night in the company of my daughter Ania and my parents. The house we stayed in was located on a hill, from where there was a stunning view of the city, bathed in sunlight during the day, and at night in the light of streetlights.
During the meeting, children, both Polish and Italian, sang the Fantasy together. From that afternoon I remembered the feeling of solemnity and great emotion. Yes, these were unforgettable moments.
Sicily, Salerno, Lago Patria, May 2019
Literary workshops supporting the bilingualism of Polish diaspora children
Less than a year later I come to Sicily again. This time I travel with Ania and my husband, Mariusz. Palermo greets us with a pristine blue sky, an intense aroma of coffee and the sweetness of wild strawberries that Ania sniffs whenever an opportunity arises. Every morning we pass a lively market in the city center.
Children from an Italian school devise a Sicilian menu of the house elf with commitment. There is a lot of fun, laughter and creative effort.
At the Polish community school, there is a surprise for us, a hand-made dwarf house and its inhabitant. Tiny furniture and a well-stocked pantry arouse my admiration.
After a few days, we move to the picturesque Amalfi Coast, whose beauty is even breathtaking. There, too, children are waiting who have eagerly prepared illustrations for the fairy tales.
Whereas the last stop is at Lago Patria, where a student from an Italian school was moved by a puppet theater depicting the tale of Siesta Eugene. At the Polish community school, we come to the Mother's Day celebration. Shortly after the workshops we join a joyful feast.
Naples says goodbye to us with a warm, heavy rain, as if to wash away the sadness of saying goodbye to fairytale time in Italy.