Actor | Singer | Children’s Book Author | Artist
I am Nefertiti £7.99 (Paperback, 2 June 2022)
Written by Annemarie Anang
Illustrated by Natelle Quek
When Nefertiti plays the drums, the band plays as one. "I am Nefertiti" she says, and she feels ten feet tall. But when the new music teacher shortens her name to 'Nef', bit by bit, she starts to shrink. Without Nefertiti to keep the beat, the band is in disarray . . .
"I am Nefertiti!" she whispers to herself. Drawing on her inner strength and with the support of the other children, they help Miss Potts recognise the importance of honouring Nefertiti's name.
Now, when Nefertiti keeps the beat, the music sounds so sweet!
A heartwarming, joyous, empowering story of identity and belonging.
Publisher: Five Quills
Publication Date: 2 June 2022
Publishing City/Country: London, UK.
Illustration note: Full colour throughout
Annemarie began writing for children after struggling to find books for her daughter that featured main characters who reflected the diversity of children in our world. A former primary school teacher, Annemarie’s love for storytelling led her to study acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has performed various roles, most recently King Duncan, Lady MacDuff and the Doctor in a multirole performance at the Chiswick Playhouse in London. Annemarie was awarded the 2021SCBWI/BIPOC writer’s scholarship. A Londoner, born to Ghanaian parents, Annemarie now lives in the Swedish forest with her young daughter, husband and their two adopted cats.
Awards & Features:
Winner of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) BIPOC Scholarship 2021
Featured in Kopperbergarn Swedish Newspaper 2021
Awarded The South Square Trust Award 2017
Featured in The Royal Photography Society Journal May 2015
Featured in The Telegraph Dec 2014
Featured on Premier Radio ‘Woman to Woman Hour’ Dec 2014
Featured in Feature Shoot Nov 2014
Featured on BBC Radio 4 ‘You & Yours’ Oct 2014
“Annemarie Anang as Herod’s wife Herodias was the star of the show, delivering an engaging and multi-layered performance.” Gay Times, 2019
“Anang’s depiction of Herodias is by far the most entertaining part of this show as she perfectly presents every side to her malevolent, mordant and maternal character.” A Younger Theatre, 2019
School Visits & Workshops
Annemarie has worked as a teacher for over 10 years specialising in Primary Education, SEN (Special Educational Needs), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and Drama. She has gained QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), an M.A. in Acting, a B.A. in Classical Studies and a C.E.L.T.A (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
Meet the Author
Interactive Story -Telling
Creating a Character
Identifying Instruments and their Sounds.
Playing to the Beat with Percussion.
Shine like a bright star!
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