It is with great pleasure that we invite students from Mount Alvernia College to attend a literary breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year, the breakfast theme will focus on sporting stories to inspire all girls. Sporting stories have a wide appeal, and range from tales of people who have accomplished extraordinary and against-the-odds achievements, to more everyday accounts that explore how participation in sport can transform lives.
Our guest speaker for this event is Taryn Bashford. Taryn is an author, blogger, and creator of Project Awesome, a campaign to address the seemingly universal feeling teens have about themselves – that they’re not good enough.
Taryn will be speaking about her book, The Harper Effect – the story of seventeen-year-old Harper, who was once a rising star on the tennis court until her coach dropped her, leaving her feeling abandoned by the sport she loved.
As an author of coming-of-age novels about teens who go above and beyond the norm, Taryn will be offering insights and advice for students about how to find their ‘fit’ in life – no matter their age, race, or shape. She firmly believes that, when we find our fit in life, we are more confident in ourselves.
A keen reader herself, Taryn will also share great reads she has come across for teenage girls.
The breakfast will be an event in our Read Like a Girl program.
Read Like a Girl is a community partnership for the literacy advancement of girls, and is a combined endeavour led by Mount Alvernia College and St Rita’s College. Riverbend Books is a community partner in this project, and will have a range of sporting titles for sale at the event. This project encapsulates a calendar of reading events aimed at instilling a foundation and love of reading in the college communities and, more broadly, among girls.