Had a chance on Tuesday (26/2) to speak to some fifty brilliant postgraduate students doing their Master of Teaching at the Education University of Hong Kong. I shared with them on nurturing the high-ability students and took the chance, of course, to promote language arts with BALLOONS Lit. Journal. They were all hungry for a copy at the end of the lesson and all the copies I brought were gone in seconds!
Renowned American poet and author Jacqueline Jules promotes BLJ Issue 8 in her educational blog:
My Scotland tour is more than an educational trip, I took the opportunity to introduce to more people about BLJ. I only brought with me three copies of BLJ Issue 7 but I am glad to have handed them to three of the great people I met (from left to right): Scottish singer Kirsty Law, school teacher Tommy Donnelly (who impressed me so much being involved in deaf education), and my lovely cheerful tour guide Emma McKenna. It is always a blessing to meet someone who enjoys poetry and artwork! Happy reading ^o^
BLJ turns three this month! Glad to share with you artwork (above) from 2 local students, Tom Kwok for the painting and Marco Chan for the mixed-media work - both immensely heart-warming for BLJ's anniversary celebration. Thanks guys!
Also, the following pieces came to me equally passionately to bless this humble literary journal:
You remind me
of that lacquered doll
gave me as a gift --
the kind of doll
I could twist open
again and again,
always to find
— Jacqueline Jules, poet, USA
Balloons, rejoicing and happiness, hopes and dreams.
Since its publishing three years ago, BALLOONS has striven to bring in the magic of language into people's lives. From contrasting and dramatic art pieces, to witty cute poems, the beauty of literature is shown vividly through intricate words and graphics. This magazine brings one venture through audacious journeys, travelling across dimensions and worlds in different perspectives.
While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living'. BALLOONS LIT JOURNAL, an intellectual and visual delight, has inspired young readers and writers to appreciate the wonder of literature. Marking the third year of its publishing, this magazine has brought allurement and fascination to readers throughout its previous five issues.
Balloons, rejoicing and happiness, hopes and dreams. Looking forward to more magic to come.
— Oscar Au, student, Hong Kong
For small readers of ‘Balloons Lit’
When you let go of a balloon
and dream of soaring someday soon
...far away into the blue...
your imagination will be flying high
long before you take to the sky.
You read stories in your favorite magazine
that carry you there in the meantime.
Perhaps you want to say: ‘thanks’
and ‘may the heavens bless you.’
Travel angels love to listen
to grateful children’s wishes
and happily help young wings unfold
for journeys of tomorrow.
— Monika John, writer, USA
Words of blessing
to Balloons Lit Journal,
with inspiring thoughts
sent your way.
Turning three has filled us with glee.
Balloons are floating in the air
bringing lots of joy to you and me.
— Mary Bone, poet, USA
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to BLJ by writing, reading, and/or enjoying. I'm looking forward to exploring many more three-years of BLJ!
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