ItemEngineering professional skills development: imagined lives and real solutions(Inter-Disciplinary.Net, 2012) Deller-Evans, KateThis paper explores how providing real-life narratives can effectively internationalise a curriculum and lead to an enhanced, more engaged student experience. Many first-year Australian university students are being required to confront stories of lives beyond their immediate cultural experience. The annual Engineers without Borders (EWB) Challenge involves them in the authentic task of creating low-cost solutions to a range of actual third-world needs. The national winners then implement their projects in partnership with recipients on site: what was story, previously an exercise in imagination, becomes real. Conceptualising through story is an effective pedagogical pathway to developing student skills so that they can conceptualise real problems in needy communities and create practical solutions. ItemOut of the drought: Australia's junior verse novels(University of Winchester, Faculty of Arts, 2011) Deller-Evans, KateAfter the first flush of verse novels for young adults (YA) in the 1990s has died down, verse novels in Australia for junior readers have sprouted. In 2010 Lorraine Marwood won the inaugural Children’s Fiction category of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Star Jumps.