Writer in­spired by char­ac­ters of the out­back

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

READ­ERS of Aus­tralian fic­tion are in for a huge treat on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, when ac­claimed Aus­tralian au­thor Bar­bara Han­nay vis­its Moss­man Li­brary to give a talk to co­in­cide with Li­brary Lover’s Day.

The Ather­ton Table­lands­based au­thor has penned more than 40 nov­els set in ru­ral and out­back Aus­tralia that have been en­joyed by read­ers around the world.

Bar­bara will share her in­sights about where she finds the in­spi­ra­tion for her books and how she got into writ­ing as well as giv­ing some tips for bud­ding au­thors.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant for any­one who wants to be­come an au­thor to first of all write the sort of sto­ries they like to read,” Bar­bara said.

“It’s a big job to get a whole book down on paper and you need lots of dis­ci­pline to see it through.

“Get­ting into the habit of writ­ing ev­ery day, even if it is just a lit­tle bit, cer­tainly helps as your muse learns to turn up when you need it and the char­ac­ters de­velop a life of their own.

“I also rec­om­mend get­ting in touch with dif­fer­ent writ­ing groups so you can share and learn from your ex­pe­ri­ences, with the in­ter­net and email these days it’s very easy to com­mu­ni­cate with like-minded peo­ple.”

Dou­glas Li­braries team leader Judy Coulthard said the team wanted to cel­e­brate Li­brary Lover’s Day, usu­ally held on Valen­tine’s Day, with a Satur­day morn­ing visit to pro­vide lo­cal fans of Aus­tralian fic­tion with a chance to meet and learn from an award-win­ning au­thor.

“We’re de­lighted to pro­vide this op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal book lovers and bud­ding au­thors to come and meet and hear from Bar­bara whose books are in­spired by her pas­sion for the out­back and the char­ac­ters who live there,” Ms Coulthard said.

“This is the first of some ex­cit­ing events we have planned this year to en­cour­age lo­cal bud­ding au­thors and book lovers to pur­sue their pas­sions.”

The free event, to be held at the Moss­man Li­brary in Mill St, starts at 10am on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 18, and will be fol­lowed by a light morn­ing tea and a chance to meet the au­thor.

Book­ings are pre­ferred for cater­ing num­bers but not es­sen­tial.

Call the team at Moss­man Li­brary on 4099 9496 for more in­for­ma­tion or to make a book­ing.

More in­for­ma­tion avail­able at www.bar­bara­han­nay.com.

A three-part work­shop will be con­ducted at Moss­man Li­brary for any­one who has ever wanted to tell their life story but doesn’t know how to be­gin. Lo­cal Bill Wilkie will lead the ses­sions on March 1, March 15, and March 29. from 10 am­noon. Call the team at Moss­man Li­brary on 4099 9496 for more in­for­ma­tion or to make a book­ing.

Au­thor Bar­bara Han­nay is com­ing to Moss­man for Li­brary Lover’s Day

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