Author tells of life in In­dia

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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