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NONAH OR THE GHOST OF GUNUNG MULU now available!

Saturday Nov. 22, 2008.

Today, "Nonah or The Ghost of Gunung Mulu", Margaret Lim's final addition to the Payah-Series, was officially launched at Jambu Restaurant and Lounge, in Kuching, Sarawak.
Once again, MC Mdm Vivien Ng surprised the audience with her entertaining reading of a passage from "Nonah or The Ghost of Gunung Mulu", and she even surprised us more when she beautifully sang the part in which Nonah's parents sing from the musical "Oklahoma".
Keeping up with Fairy Bird Children's Books' tradition, all proceeds from the book sales on this day were donated to the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. Please visit their website www.sccs.org.my to find out how you can support the SCCS.
Although "Nonah or The Ghost of Gunung Mulu" is the last book in the Payah-adventure series, Margaret has announced more projects to be published in the near future. Among those will be a picture book about an albino baby crocodile for very young readers, and a pirate story for teenagers and adults.

PRECIOUS JADE & TURNIP HEAD officially launched!

Sunday Nov. 18, 2007.
Margaret Lim's latest addition to the Payah-Series, PRECIOUS JADE & TURNIP HEAD, was officially launched in a grand ceremony at the cozy Jambu Restaurant and Lounge, in Kuching, Sarawak. The launching event was graced by the wife of Sarawak's Chief Minister, YABhg. Datuk Amar Puan Sri Dr. Hajjah Laila Taib, who also officiated PRECIOUS JADE & TURNIP HEAD.
Margaret Lim was so fascinated by MC Mdm Vivien Ng's book reading, that she has decided to produce audio CDs of the whole Payah-Series. Margaret Lim believes that children will have a better english learning experience, if they can listen and follow the words in the book at the same time.
All proceeds from the sale of PAYAH, FOUR EYES and PRECIOUS JADE & TURNIP HEAD on the launching event were donated to the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. Fairy Bird Children's Books will continue to support the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society.

Author Margaret Lim and Illustrator Su Jen Buchheim nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards 2008

Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.
Payah creator Margaret Lim and illustrator Su Jen Buchheim have been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards 2008!
Astrid Lindgren is Sweden's best-loved writer of children's books and one of the world's most popular. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 94, but her stories will live on forever. To honour her memory and promote children's and youth literature around the world, the Swedish government established an international prize in her name: The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
From October on, the jury will read and discuss the nominees' work, and the winner will be announced in March 2008. We are very excited, and we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Also read Sharon Ling's article in the national newspaper The Star Online.

Margaret Lim included in
the Sarawak Womens' Museum

Monday Aug.6, 2007.
A lavish ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the Sarawak Womens' Museum today.
VIP guests were, among others, Sarawak's Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Datuk Amar Puan Sri Laila Taib, who officiated at the launching of Margaret Lim's second children's book FOUR EYES, in Sept. 2006. The Sarawak Womens' Museum features outstanding women who have made significant contributions to society throughout the history of Sarawak.

Datuk Amar said that the museum is initially set out to record the achievement of the numerous personalities who for a large part are pioneers in their respective fields.
Among these women are Datuk Amar Puan Sri Laila Taib, the wife of Sarawak's Chief Minister, Heidi Munan, author of "Culture Shock! Borneo" and many more, and Fairy Bird Children's Books founder and author Margaret Lim, who said:

I have just realised the enormity of being measured against all these women who have come before me and achieved much more than I have, and to whom this tribute is rightly theirs. I also recognise the immense responsibility that comes with this honour, of being held up as an example for generations of women to come.

The Sarawak Womens' Museum is located inside the historic building of the Sarawak Tourism Complex, which was once the Court House of Sarawak, in the city of Kuching, Malaysia.

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"A story that transcends culture"
- Outlook/Sarawak Tribune, 14th October 2005