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dancing with dragons

Ila Selwyn, dancing with dragons, Westridge Publishing, 2018
RRP $20 plus postage – contact westridgeprint@gmail.com

From a review by Paula Green

‘dancing with dragons is an exuberant explosion of words on the page, beautifully crafted and a joy to read. It is like catching the radio static of the world. ‘
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Entertaining and informative speaker for your next event.

PET_8271At 77yrs, Thea wrote her first novel. Now in her 80’s she is available to tell you about the trials and tribulations of getting it published. She also has other topics she can talk to your group about. She can share informative and entertaining personal accounts from her life as a displaced person in Europe after the war and the move to New Zealand, Croatian history or anecdotes from the fashion industry in Auckland 1965-83

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Meet the author at New Lynn RSA

meet the authorpesurate Pesurate  were on the menu for the – Meet the Author –  morning tea today.

These  orange flavoured dumplings that feature in Thea’s book , Out of the Shade, are a Croatian favourite and were received well by the the group that gathered at the New Lynn RSA to hear Thea speak.

Thea shared some of her experiences of being a refugee, fleeing Europe with her family after the 2nd World War and her first impressions of New Zealand.

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High Tea in West Auckland

Croatian Womens morning tea 3Croatian Women’s League & Croatian Cultural Society Vintage High Tea

Good food and good company!

Thea addressed a group at the Croatian club rooms in West Auckland recently. Some of the group had supported the Croatian struggle towards independence in the 1990’s by collecting signatures for the petition presented to Parliament.


‘Standing in front of the churches, supermarkets, malls…these women gathered signatures from thousands of New Zealanders as well as our people, ensuring New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to recognise Croatia as an independent State.”

Thea drew an analogy between these women and the fortitude of the main character, ‘Manda’  in her latest novel, ‘Out of the Shade’, who is also a strong Croatian woman.

A nice way to while away the afternoon.   She then donated a percentage of the book sales to the group towards their fundraising efforts.