Unique meeting with author

IT is not often students get to personally interview the authors of books they are studying, but this was the case for a year 11 English class at Tweed River High School.

The students were studying Nicki Woods' autobiography A Hope and a Future as part of their unit on journeys.

Miss Woods' emotional true story takes readers from her desolate beginnings in a Russian orphanage to being adopted by Tony and Marsha Woods, and the life of an American “missionary kid”, finding her home in such places as Japan, Hong Kong, Ethiopia and Australia.

She now lives on the Gold Coast.

Tweed River High School English teacher Elaine Cunningham said having Miss Woods attend the school on Wednesday, March 25, provided the class with an invaluable learning ex- perience.

“The kids asked her a lot of questions, including what she learnt about herself, her journey, how she felt being in so many different countries and how she feels looking back,” Mrs Cunningham said.

“She was very open with the students.

“They got a lot out of it.”

The Armenian-born Miss Woods spoke to the Year 11 students about her life and the valuable lessons she learned along the way,

Mrs Cunningham said

“Biographies and autobio- graphies are being studied in English at the moment.

“English and life lessons all rolled into one.

Mrs Cunningham said Miss Woods is an amazing person who has overcome so many things.

“She is only 19 but she has gone through so much,” she said.

“She is very modest

“The book details her life up until she was 16 years old.

“She wrote it while she was still at school.”

Miss Woods is now attending university to become a nurse.

Miss Woods' visit was arranged by a student in Mrs Cunningham's class who is friends with the author.

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