Becoming Australian

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Last Wednesday, after 12 wonderful years in this spectacularly beautiful country, I finally became an Australian Citizen. It was an emotional evening for me and my family, I have an Australian husband, two Australian kids and two Australian step kids, and it seemed to mean a lot, even to my littlies, that I was now Australian like them.

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As the Mayor walked past following the orb and in all of her finery Katie gasped ‘It’s the queen,’ and whilst it clearly wasn’t the queen, it was nice that the robes and regalia gave the occasion a sense of importance and formality.

On the way home, I saved a baby possum from the middle of the road. It seemed so fitting that I should save a new baby native on the evening that I became a new Aussie. And of course it inspired a story, The Possum Pot.

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Published by Shelly Unwin

Children's Author. Born in the UK in 1977 I grew up and was educated in the small country side town of Ashbourne in the Midlands, my childhood was spent surrounded by animals and children. I was one of three children but my wonderful parents also fostered 11 little children whilst I was young. Riding horses and reading books were my main two loves. Upon leaving high school I studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham and left with a first class honors degree. My teaching degree re-ignited my passion for beautifully written and illustrated children’s literature. I moved to Australia in 2002 where I forged a career in sales. In 2006 I married my Australian husband in 2006 and we now have two young children. Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engage the reader, and reading to my children has again brought children’s literature to the forefront of my life. Most of my stories are aimed at children between 0-6 yrs, but they will also appeal to the reader through their beautiful rhythm and ability to take your imagination on a wonderful journey.

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