Monday, April 10, 2017

A Q&A With Hilary George, Author of "From War to When"

 Hilary George welcomes Hilary George, author of From War to When. Although Hilary calls herself a "rookie writer," she has indeed written "80 pages of literary paradise on earth" as one reader so aptly described her collection of poetry.

Hilary was born in Singapore of British parents. After fleeing the Japanese invasion early in World War II, Hilary, with her mother and sister, two tin trunks of possessions and five English pounds, found themselves refugees in a strange, new land – Australia.  Hilary and her husband worked two years as missionaries in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. She has lived in the United States for the past 34 years. Her book, From War to When reflects her experiences.

MANA: Briefly describe to readers what From War to When is about.
Hilary George (HG): From War to When depicts some of my life experiences, how they affected me and what I learned from them. It ends with a letter to my children followed by a prayer for everyone.

MANA: Would you explain to readers what the title of the book, From War to When mean? It's assumed that the war is about World War II but what does "When" mean?
HG: World War II changed my life forever but my story is not finished yet. The "When" will be the fulfillment of lifetime hopes and dreams.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Celebrating Poetry And Poets In National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. The annual event was established in 1996 by the American Academy of American Poets to bring public awareness to the art of poetry. 

The Academy was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History month (February) and Women's History Month (March). The goal of National Poetry Month is to: 

• highlight the extra ordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American pets
• encourage the reading of poems
• assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms
• increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
• encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry
• encourage support for poets and poetry

What's more, April 27 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is a day when people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day.