Walker Books’ guide to resilience for teens

People-to-people links crucial to building resilience in the Indo-Pacific

‘Good fences make good neighbours.’ This line from Robert Frost’s famous poem ‘Mending Wall’ is often misunderstood. Some take it to mean that having hard barriers in place will keep neighbours apart and therefore prevent problems. However, in the poem the very action of rebuilding the fence together every year is what brings the neighbours closer. By spending time together, talking and repairing the fence, they become better neighbours.

“The simple act of establishing a vehicle to better promote understanding and engagement that resonates for both sides has added a depth to the bilateral relationship not imagined before.”

Guy Boekenstein

Australia’s future is deeply intertwined with that of its Indo-Pacific neighbours and we have an enduring interest in the sovereignty, stability, security and prosperity of the region. This benefits all who live in it. Building national resilience in Australia shouldn’t be seen only through the lens of strengthening domestic systems, economic settings, critical infrastructure and other programs. It is also about ensuring we have a resilient neighbourhood…

Walker Books to publish Morgan guide to resilience for teens

Written at the start of the first lockdown in 2020, Morgan will explore practical ways to identify and grow personal resilience strategies and practices, aiming to enable teenagers to get better at coping with whatever the world throws at them.

Denise Johnstone Burt, executive editorial director, acquired world English language rights from the Elizabeth Roy Literary Agency.

Morgan said: “I’ve always felt that resilience is something you build bit by bit, slowly, over time. But the pandemic made the need more urgent and I immediately felt that we needed a course in resilience speed-building if we were to equip our young people with skills now, in the teeth of a storm. And so, Be Resilient. Born directly from tough times but looking firmly to all the ups and downs ahead, sunny days and storms. What are the daily actions anyone can take that will build the five pillars of support networks, personal skills, positive coping strategies, courage and a constructive approach to the future? Simple, practical actions, all of which can be built into normal days, ordinary lives, even in extraordinary times. Actions for young and for old – because adults need to grow resilience, too…

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