Member Profile

Rich Meyrick

Photo: Sue Meyrick 2008

Rich was born in Britain in 1969. After an extended university career that culminated in a PhD from Cambridge, he held a postdoctoral position at Waterloo, followed by a senior scientific post at an environmental research station in Germany. During a return visit to Waterloo, Rich met his wife, Sue. Moving back to Canada, he began writing his Jaspa’s Journey children’s novels, the first of which – The Great Migration – was published by DreamCatcher Publishing in March 2009.

Rich is represented by Lina Sion of Global Literary Management, New York.

Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration

The first Jaspa’s Journey book is set on the vast stage of Africa’s Serengeti Plain, against the backdrop of one of the World’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders: the Great Migration – a desperate, 800 kilometre, danger-fraught battle for survival annually undertaken by over two million animals.

This year, Jaspa must join this epic exodus, to fulfil a rite-of-passage known as the Journey – an undertaking that’s all the more extraordinary when you realize that Jaspa is a Giraffeses, a distant relative of giraffes, who could comfortably sit in the palm of your hand.

While Jaspa himself is fictitious, his world most certainly is not. Anyone with a passport, a good map and a little care (and sufficient travelling expenses!) could follow in Jaspa’s footsteps, step by incredible step. In fact, abundant meticulously-researched, genuine geographical, environmental and historical details have been carefully woven into the story, making Jaspa’s Journey a gripping and inspiring adventure that’s also deviously educational.

Phone number:
519.696.1101

Publications

Jaspa's Journey: The Great Migration. DreamCatcher Publishing, 2009
Jaspa's Journey: The Great Migration. ebook, 2012
Jaspa's Journey: The Pride of London. ebook, 2012

Awards

Finalist in 'Best Books 2009' Awards sponsored by USA Book News, for Jaspa's Journey: The Great Migration, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

The Great Migration

Every year, on the vast expanse of Africa’s Serengeti Plain, over two millions animals are forced to embark on the Great Migration – a desperate, danger-fraught, 800 kilometre struggle for survival. This year Jaspa must join this epic exodus, to fulfil a rite-of-passage known as the Journey, an undertaking made all the more extraordinary by the fact that Jaspa is a Giraffeses, a distant relative of giraffes, who could comfortably sit in the palm of your hand.

In an interactive presentation that combines education and fun, children are entertained by excerpts from Jaspa’s Journey while learning about the geography and animals of the Serengeti, and the World’s longest and largest land migration.

Presentation Length:
varies
Genre:
Children's
Grades:
4-8
Audience size:
flexible
Northern OAC WITS:
Yes
One session:
$200
Two sessions:
$200
Three sessions:
$300
Four sessions:
$300
GST:
GST not applicable