A life of suc­cesses

In­spi­ra­tional au­thor hits the re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

SHE made waves around Aus­tralia with her suc­cess­ful po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness life and now, Sallyanne Atkin­son AO will share her story at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

Sallyanne was the only fe­male Lord Mayor of Bris­bane (1985-1991).

She has been a tri­umphant leader in pol­i­tics and busi­ness for more than four decades and was the first fe­male se­nior trade com­mis­sioner to Paris and spear­headed three Olympic bids.

For the first time, Sallyanne has shared her sto­ries of the tri­umph and chal­lenges in­volved in a life de­voted to pub­lic ser­vice in Aus­tralia and abroad in her new mem­oir No Job for a Woman.

Told with warmth and hu­mour, this in­spir­ing story re­veals how one woman de­fied the ex­pec­ta­tions of a gen­er­a­tion by be­ing a trail­blazer for work­ing moth­ers, build­ing a high pro­file na­tional ca­reer while rais­ing five chil­dren.

The mem­oir takes read­ers on a jour­ney through Sallyanne’s wartime child­hood in Sri Lanka through to her early ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist and TV per­son­al­ity and on to her life in pol­i­tics and busi­ness.

Sallyanne and a num­ber of other in­spir­ing au­thors will be avail­able to meet on Fri­day, June 16 at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

“Sallyanne will speak on Satur­day, June 17 dur­ing the day and again at the gala din­ner in the evening which will be catered by Fish D’Vine,” fes­ti­val founder Glo­ria Bur­ley said.

“She will then also chair a panel dis­cus­sion on Sun­day morn­ing which will be fol­lowed by a long ta­ble lunch to close the fes­ti­val.”

FA­MIL­IAR FACE: Sallyanne Atkin­son AO will fea­ture at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

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