Writer inspired by characters of the outback
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