Heather McQuillan

Heather McQuillan

Heather McQuillan

I am a teacher, children’s author and writing tutor based in Christchurch. I use poetry and picture books to help children access and explore peace issues.
My poem is a tribute to Hiroshima survivor and author/ Illustrator Junko Morimoto and her book ‘My Hiroshima’ published by Collins, Sydney.
it also makes references to incidents shown in this short documentary about Junko.

I read about the Enola Gay crew making money from selling ‘mementos’ of their mission in malls across the US and imagined Junko coming across this spectacle.
My poem is a thank you to Junko for sharing her memories and helping teachers to share them with children.
Poem “To Junko Morimoto, -Author and illustrator of picture book ‘My Hiroshima’” published in Poems4Peace Anthology 2014. Poem “10 in a packet” published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.

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