Tours the Cities of Russia and the Republic of Crimea

In just two weeks, a young and inspirational Megan Werner visited seven cities and held 25 presentations across Russia and the Republic of Crimea. Megan Werner is a successful author of the book “It is Up to You”, as well as a trainer, coach and a successful model. She started performing at the age of 12, in 2015, and collected 5000 listeners at the “National achievers congress”.

The inspirational book by Megan Werner is a short guide for anyone who wants to make his or her lives better. The 15-year-old describes the rules of life, motivates development, kindness, strength and perseverance in achieving goals. She shows that you need to take responsibility for your destiny, no matter how old you are. She also, encourages leaving one’s comfort zone and looking at life from a new angle.

“I was inspired by my mom and dad. They themselves have made their interesting thoughts into reality and published a book about the feeling of confidence in today’s world and how to find yourself. It helped many people. Thanks to them, I decided to write a book for teenagers. All in order to change the world for the better,”- notes Megan Werner.

Megan’s book “ It is Up to You” was published abroad and has made a lot of noise. Until recently, simple but effective rules, a positive outlook on life and self-belief, described in the book, were available only in English and African languages, but now the book is also published in Russian so that Russian-speaking teenagers have access to Megan Werner’s book. This is a guide about the correct and safe behaviour in social networks, for example. Today, this is important because the number of different online communities that call young people to engage in life-threatening behaviours is growing daily. You can help make a child’s environment safer after reading Megan’s book.

The book was released in an edition of 1500 copies for promotion and review. Thus, the book promo-tour began with one of the most remote regions of Russia – the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Megan Werner arrived in the capital with her parents, Belinda and Des, and director of the OEBF literary festival, Anna Lari. From April 18th to 20th, the young author performed at various platforms in Yakutsk, such as the state Yakut gymnasium, the national library, the Northeastern Federal University and school number 33. Members of the Eurasian Creative Guild and the people’s poet Natalia Kharlampieva were engaged in finding the premises and conducting the meetings. She praised Megan’s position and noted her contribution to the literature that motivates teenagers: “We all know that young people between 13 and 15 ask global questions that are difficult to find answers. With her example, Megan proves that if you believe in yourself and look optimistically at reality, you can realise all your dreams. No wonder the edition was released in several languages”.

The arrival of the South African model and coach-motivator also interested local media. Werner gave a series of interviews for newspapers and TV, where she shared her impressions of Yakutsk.

The Executive Director of the Eurasian Creative Guild, and literary manager of the Hertfordshire Press, Anna Lari, noted that Megan’s book really helped many teenagers: “We are glad that her work finally came out in Russian. The tour of the country has just begun, the first presentation platform was Yakutsk. “

In the Nizhny Novgorod region, Megan Werner stayed on 22nd and 23rd of April. The next three days the writer gave lectures and met with young representatives from Nizhny Novgorod city. The organizer, who held an event in the private school “The Stage of Education” and a meeting with the youth city parliament, was Pavel Sergeevich Shumov, a member of the Guild and musician and laureate of the Prize Arcadia Bezrukov Festival Open Eurasia 2015. In the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, the coordinator of the event was the head of the department of scientific and educational work Surganova Elizaveta Sergeevna. The author also visited the Philological faculty of the NNSU (Nizhny Novgorod State University) and conducted a lecture in the architectural and ethnographic museum.

In the Republic of Crimea, the model spent four days and managed to visit four cities from April 24th to 27th. The trainer-motivator represented her book in Simferopol and Yalta. She also visited Koktebel – the Mecca of writers, poets and artists, where she recharged with inspiration and energy. In addition, the sunny city of childhood – Evpatoria, where the stage for her oratory was the children’s theater stage.

In Simferopol, Megan Werner met with young readers from gymnasium number 9, shared with them her experience: how to believe in yourself and not pay attention to negative attacks from peers. In the capital of Crimea, the participants of the festival of arts “We are Youth” welcomed her. In addition, Megan held a presentation at the CEPU (Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University) and the Zhukovsky library. She held live broadcasts on television and radio, numerous interviews for media sponsors – the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets in the Crimea” and other federal and Crimean publications – and a press conference in the Crimean press center “Komsomolskaya Pravda.”

In Yalta, a meeting of the Eurasian Creative Guild and the presentation of the author’s work were held at the Humanitarian and Pedagogical Academy of the CFU (Crimean Federal University) named after Vernadsky. Werner got acquainted with the work of artists from the academy and enjoyed the Crimean nature: the sea and mountain landscapes of the southern coast of Crimea.

In Evpatoria, the place of the young writer’s speech was the International Centre for Theatrical Art “Golden Key”. Then there was an excursion around the city and Megan was shown ancient exhibits of the museum of the fortress gates “Odun-bazar kapusy”, the hospitality area “Jeval” and the unique route of “Lesser Jerusalem”.

In Koktebel, in the children’s art school, where the next presentation of Megan’s book took place, the gifted children staged a real concert for the guest from South Africa: an ensemble of violinists, vocalists and dancers performed. Despite her tight travel schedule, Megan also visited the home of the outstanding poet Maximilian Voloshin and she saw the beauty of the Crimean landscapes – the famous volcano Karadag and the permanently changing colours of the mountain Chameleon. She even climbed the Klementieva mountain, which became the cradle of Russian aeronautics.

In the Crimean cities Megan’s performances took place within the framework of the international project “ArtMedia Tour in Crimea”, led by a member of the Eurasian Creative Guild, journalist Oksana Zhukova. “Our project is designed to promote the peninsula abroad. With the help of people’s diplomacy, we introduce to foreigners the Crimea, its sights and culture, build bridges between people, cities and countries, proving once again that art and creativity knows no boundaries, “said Zhukova.

The next stop on the tour was the Republic of Bashkortostan, the city of Ufa. On 28th, 29th and 30th April Megan Werner, together with the parents and the delegation from Hertfordshire Press, was able to enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the capital. In addition, she led meetings during which she told the story of her life. The main meetings were with schoolchildren, teachers, creative representations of the city of Ufa and were held in the National Library of Ahmet Zaki-Validi.

Megan held presentations and master classes for students and teachers of the Bashkir State Pedagogical University and Bashkir State University. A meeting was held with children of the musical Republican Gymnasium – Zagir Almukhametov boarding school.

During the tour of the capital, Megan visited the monument of the national poet of Bashkortostan Musta Karim. At the opening of the city fountain, the Mayor of Ufa personally talked with guests from abroad.

The last point of departure in the publishing tour of the writer was Moscow. In the capital, Megan celebrated the First of May public holiday, which celebrates on the territory of the post-Soviet countries. On May 2 and 3, the author and model conducted a lecture with Oxbridge school students with the help of the representative of Olga Gafarova’s school. At the meeting of the Eurasian Creative Guild and the presentation of Megan’s book, guild members Gulsifat Shahidi, Anastasia Sotnikova and Elena Korneeva attended and performed. Megan Werner had the opportunity to talk with an authorized minister from the Embassy of South Africa, Henry William Short.

The warmth and hospitality of Russian readers inspired the young author so much that Megan plans to come with a new tour to Central Asia and meet new readers. Nevertheless, the South African teenager is winning the hearts of peers and parents in the Eurasian region.
The Eurasian Creative Guild and the publishing house Hertfordshire Press expresses deepest appreciation to all those who met and supported the arrival of this exciting young writer from South Africa.

by Oksana Safronova