Author tells of life in India
THE story of a man’s life during the British rule in India to his arrival in Airlie Beach was the central focus of the Writers of the Whitsundays (WOW) group relaunch last Thursday.
Long standing Proserpine resident Jack Harper is the author of Bugles at Twilight: Growing up in India the last years of the Raj (1926-1945) which follows his family’s life during the last years of British rule in India.
Each chapter provides a history of how the British came to be in the garrison towns and cantonments, with everyday life being described through the eyes of a young boy growing up.
Mr Harper said the book finished with his family standing at the end of a dirt track in Airlie Beach in 1945 and he is now planning to write a history of the region.
WOW group member Liz Downe said she was not an author but an avid reader who was simply searching for inspiration in the Whitsundays.
Travelling over 20km from Dittmer, a town west of Proserpine, Neil Nicolson said he was also looking for motivation after writing a short story he felt had “a whole lot of information that was going nowhere” last year.
Beach Library team leader Kerry Dorman said the WOW group meeting was a fantastic opportunity for writers to put pen to paper, share ideas and actively work towards publication.
The WOW group for published or working towards publication writers will now meet at the Beach Library on the last Thursday of every month at 2.30pm. The Beach Library will also be hosting regular book club meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm.
PEN TO PAPER: The relaunch of the Writers of the Whitsundays (WOW) group was a success as members Liz Downe, Jack Harper, Neil Nicolson, Ania Anowicki, Tad Anowicki and Leah Wheeler gathered at the Beach Library to share ideas last Thursday.