Beaulah works for Christchurch City Libraries, as well as teaching creative writing and independent publishing. She is a founding member of the Christchurch Writers’ Guild, a free and accessible space for new writers to find encouragement and support. Her novel, The Silver Hawk, is the first in a science fiction / fantasy trilogy for young adults.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Before I was seven, I lived in a religious commune. I'm fairly secular now, but seeing the extreme ways religion can impact how people treat each other has had a huge impact on my writing. Gender roles are the other big thing that I've had to think about. When I was little, all I saw were women as mothers and home-makers, except for my grandmother. She didn't live in the commune and was a feminist to the core. She was part of the womens' lib movement in the sixties. I'm really grateful for her influence on both my mother and myself. I don't think I could be who I am now, or write the way I do, if it hadn't been for the courageous women who came before me.
When did you first start writing?
Technically, I had to do creative writing in school, but I didn't enjoy it until the first time I did Nanowrimo, back in 2005. I'd just finished high school and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. My nano was a crazy space adventure, with orphans, ghosts and planet of sentient monkeys. I wouldn't go back to it if you paid me, but it was fun. The very next Nano was when I started writing the Chronicles of Tyria, and I'm still writing in that world.
What if Goldilocks had lived in modern times? What happened after Sleeping Beauty woke up? What if the wolf was just lonely, or the pied piper was a tech-savvy school kid? Welcome to Recrafted, an anthology of thirteen reimagined fairy tales by children from Heaton Normal Intermediate School in Christchurch, New Zealand.
What if Red Riding Hood had been the hero of her own story? Imagine Aladdin, living in Lumsden, New Zealand, or Sleeping Beauty, cursed with iPad addiction, instead of eternal sleep. Welcome to Recrafted, an anthology of seventeen reimagined fairy tales by children from Heaton Normal Intermediate School in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Come on a journey through the minds of children. A collection of short stories written by home school authors aged eight to thirteen about topics ranging from fantasy quests to the killing fields of WWII. At times serious and others irreverent, all of these stories share one thing in common - the importance of family.
Death of a loved one, new relationships or moving house are all perfect examples of how change provides us with new outlooks on life. Heaton Intermediate students know that change can be tough, even for the strongest of people. They have written fourteen diverse short stories, all based on the theme: change.
From the skies above Japan, to the apartments of New York; from the horrors of WWII to the claustrophobic halls of a modern hospital, Heaton Intermediate students take the leap into their own landscapes of courage, asking their characters to face powerful and difficult moments of choice. Delve into a collection of fourteen diverse short stories written by some of Heaton’s best year seven writers.
From the wastes beyond the apocalypse to the streets of San Francisco, from school halls to playing fields, or even within the walls of our own homes, Heaton Intermediate students have explored the landscapes of courage—asking one of life’s big questions: What does it take to act? Delve into a collection of eighteen diverse short stories written by some of Heaton’s best year eight writers.
Whether escaping palaces and orphanages, or yearning for the comforts of a simple apartment or gypsy caravan, Heaton Intermediate students have explored what it means to leave home and the lengths that are sometimes required to find their way back. Delve into a collection of thirteen diverse short stories written by some of Heaton’s best year eight writers, all based on the theme of home.
From the heat of Africa to the cold of outer space; from the horrors of war to the comforts of suburban life; Heaton Intermediate students have explored what it means to leave home and the courage it takes to find your way back. Delve into a collection of thirteen diverse short stories written by some of Heaton’s best year eight writers, all based on the theme of home.
Come on a journey through the minds of children.
A collection of short stories and poems written by home school authors aged eight to fourteen about wishes that might have been better left unsaid and adventures too outrageous to be believed.
It has been my pleasure to teach this class of bright, funny young people. I hope you enjoy reading their anthology.
- Beaulah Pragg (Teacher and Author)