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Theresa Fuller


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Bare Bear Media is proud to announce the launch of


The Write Start: A Visual Narrative Workbook for Teachers and Writers

Launched in 2023

Drawing on stories from around the world, Sydney author and teacher Theresa Fuller creates an easy to follow, visually stimulating workbook on creating narrative fiction. Suitable for all new writers from 7 years and older, it is a work that can be used by schools or individuals to learn the core elements of storytelling.

Where Cranes Weave and Bamboo Sings cover

Cover and illustrations by Peggy Sands

Peggy Sands is a professional artist, illustrator, graphic designer, published children’s book author / illustrator and workshop instructor. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, her work appears in collections and public venues around the world as public art, on national TV, in newspapers, art magazines (both print and online), in galleries and in the myriad of books she has designed.

Although this workbook on the structure of narrative is initially addressed to teachers, students at all stages of their writing journey will find helpful advice here on how to begin writing imaginative stories, or how to revise and refresh their understanding of narrative structure if they already have some experience. The author's use of colour coding in the design is particularly helpful in identifying such narrative tropes as the protagonist's goal, complications, conflict and resolution. Conscious that we learn in different ways, Fuller also uses bold type and numerical checklists to make these elements accessible.

The title, 'Where Cranes Weave and Bamboo Sings', signals the southeast Asian origin of some of the narrative examples included, which is an appealing feature of the content, and derives from the author's passionate advocacy of her own Malay ancestry and her commitment to cross-cultural inclusion. I was slightly concerned that the first traditional story cited - 'Noah and the Ark' - might indicate a more conservative selection of examples than I had hoped for, and it is true that some teachers will wish for a more adventurous and inclusive selection. But Fuller is wise to resist appropriating First Nations stories, for example. Their storytellers have that project well underway. And the range of sources here will inspire curious students and their teachers to explore further.

Fuller's explanations of the ways a story works are expressed simply and with colloquial warmth, so no teacher or student need feel intimidated by the fear that imaginative storytelling is too hard to try. And the couple of occasions when the stories chosen vacillate inconsistently between present and past tense don't disrupt her argument for long and can even be used as material for editing - a topic that is usefully included for more experienced writers.

No single work can be expected to cover the needs of all writing teachers and their students, but 'Where Cranes Weave and Bamboo Sings' is an impressive achievement and an attractive complement to popular handbooks by writers including Libby Gleeson and Mem Fox, and standard guides to scriptwriting by Syd Field and Blake Snyder. It will find a place in every school library and writing classroom.

Mark Macleod, involved with children's publishing for over twenty-five years, as a lecturer, publisher, freelance editor, and President of the Children's Book Council. One of Australia's foremost gurus of Australian children's lit.

"Where Cranes Weave and Bamboo Sings" is a valuable resource for speech pathologists and teachers working with children on reading comprehension, narrative structures, and visualisation skills. The workbook's gradual progression of complexity, from simple stories to more intricate narratives, provides a tailored approach for individualized support. The incorporation of illustrations enhances engagement, making it an effective tool for diverse learning styles. Clear and concise instructions, coupled with notes for the user, make this workbook a user-friendly asset for narrative development in children.

Melanie Arthur (Speech & Language Pathologist) Sydney, Australia

“Where Cranes Weave and Bamboo sings” is a unique addition to the teaching of narrative. The very beginning writer, even the kindergarten student can follow the simple breakdown of what makes a story. The layout of beginning middle and end is explained and the young writer is led to practise and respond to multiple stories.

The text is well designed and colour and black line drawings create variation in the pages that stimulate the reader.

This is a worthwhile addition to the teaching tools available in primary classrooms and the workshop activities among older aspiring writers.

Libby Gleeson, winner of the Nan Chauncy Award, Prime Minister's Literary Award, Dromken Medal, NSW Premier's Literary Award, Member of the Order of Australia.  

Bare Bear Media is proud to announce the launch of


Learn Baba Malay in BITE SIZED portions

Launched on the 6th of September 2022

Precious Baba Malay is about to go extinct, but you can reverse the process by learning Baba Malay in clearly defined steps. This treasured language can be a part of your life, hopefully to be revived as it is spread through sharing this didactic method.

Former assessor and examiner of the Higher School Certificate (NSW, Australia), Theresa Fuller, known fondly in the Peranakan community as Bibek Theresa, draws on her years of experience in the classroom to create the Baba Malay Today series – a range of chapter books with an easy-to-follow curriculum aimed at the beginner.

Books 1 & 2 - Interrogatory - Published 6 & 9 of September 2022

Book 3 - Conjunctions - Published 2 January 2023

Book 4 - Prepositions - Published 16 June 2023

Book 5 - Antonyms - Published 26 June 2023

Book 6 - Essence (Coming 2024)

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Baba Malay Today Series.

With the rise in interest in all things Peranakan and a revival in the use of Baba Malay, Theresa Fuller has created a much-needed children's beginner book to learn Baba Malay.

Theresa Fuller is a qualified high school teacher, and former Higher School Certificate (H.S.C.) assessor and examiner (Board of Studies, New South Wales). The author draws on her years of experience in the classroom to simplify the process. Sweet and simple, if you are interested in learning Baba Malay then this is the way to go!

These chapter books provide an introduction to Baba Malay in bite-size portions!

Dr Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam

Author, A History of Immigrant Roman Catholics and Converts in Early Singapore 1832-1945

Sydney Australia

“A simple but thoughtfully put together book that will ignite interest in the learner to what is fast becoming an extinct language - Baba Malay. With its clear examples and practices,

it will take the learner on a journey to discover a unique language used by a small but vibrant community."

- Rosalind Ang (born to a lovely nonya with roots in Brunei)

Retired educator with 40 years of teaching elementary and high school students

"Linguists would classify a language as effectively dead when it is no longer the language of communication, or when only a few elderly speakers remain. When most would say, “Who cares?” Theresa who now lives in Sydney, Australia, would not just brush it off as Baba Malay is the language of her ancestors in Southeast Asia.

When a language is dead, gone are all the traditions and aspects of the culture.

Theresa has made quite a serious and tangible attempt to preserve the language of her Southeast Asian ancestors from extinction. Hence, Theresa’s series of books on Baba Malay is to be applauded!"

Dr Daud H. Soesilo, Indonesian translation coordinator. Recipient President's award for excellence in preaching, Asbury Seminary, 1980, Juris Doctor Owen prize Vanderbilt University, 1981. Chairman board directors, East Java Christian University, Malang, 1994. Member Society Biblical Literature, Indonesian Linguistic Society, Theta Phi.


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