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'Remember the Brave', children's book launch

Published: Thu 13 Sep 2018 12:12 PM
'Remember the Brave', children's book launch in Wellington on Saturday, 22 September 2018
Peace Movement Aotearoa
13 September 2018
Join us for the Wellington launch of 'Remember the Brave', the new children's book about WW1 conscientious objectors, with authors Forrest and Lena Chambers & 'Don't Sign Up For War' musicians Tony Ricketts and Jenny Kilpatrick.
Copies of 'Remember the Brave' will be available at the launch for $20 each.
The Wellington launch is organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa to mark the International Day of Peace (21 September), all welcome.
When: Saturday, 22 September 2018, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Where: St Andrew's Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
RSVP: please RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/333645114053930 or by email, icanz@xtra.co.nz
A4 poster: is available on the World War 1 Centenary Peace Project page, www.ww1.org.nz (direct link, http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/rtb,22sept18.pdf )
'Remember the Brave' information and ordering details
"As we near the end of the WWI centenary commemorations, 'Remember the Brave' is about the conscientious objectors Archibald Baxter and Mark Briggs who were sent to France and refused to succumb to the Army's torture. It is told through the eyes of an 'ordinary' kiwi soldier. It is a picture book, intended for young readers, and may be of interest to schools, as it has additional information and focus questions that teachers could use with students.
The book was created to fill a 'gap' in the WWI centenary material, especially children's books. In particular, children's war books have omitted the stories of the conscientious objectors, and in general, have ignored the horror and immoral nature of war.
The narrative around how we commemorate WWI, and wars in general, could be described as becoming more sentimental, portraying war as 'noble', as we move further in time from the actual events. The way we talk about war today has a direct bearing on how willing we are to go to war now or in the future. This book was written to help us change the way we talk about war, to see it for the horror it is, with the hope that we will all be less willing to go to war, and find alternatives."
Please help support the book by asking your local library or school to purchase it. 'Remember the Brave' (ISBN 9780995106260) is published by CreateBooks, it is $20 and you can get a copy at McKenzie Books in Palmerston North, or online at http://createbooks.co.nz/product/remember-the-brave

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