Local author to present talk on her lastest book
AS a girl, Laura Simpson loved novels like Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, which sparked her love of romance.
She published her first story, which was about the bushfires which ravaged the Dandenong Ranges near her home, at the age of 11.
However, despite her early passion for storytelling it was some time before she decided to make a career out of writing.
A talented volleyball player Ms Simpson attended college in the US before returning to Australia and An Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser will be held at the Bright Senior Citizen’s Centre next Thursday to raise funds for much needed research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer. Nancy Cincotta, Noeline Gilmour, Norma Torriero, Nola West, Lori Torriero, Regina Logan and Gwen Rolland are inviting people to join in the morning by attending and bringing along a plate of food to share. Alpine Health’s Maureen Ryland will be a guest speaker at the event which will run from 9am to 12pm. A threecourse dinner at Bright’s Sole e Luna on Thursday, May 31 will also support the Cancer Council.
PHOTO: Justin Jenvey working with Red Cross and later completing a Masters of Law in Human Rights.
“Through working and studying, I realised that being a lawyer wasn’t for me and that there are other ways to win hearts and minds,” she said.
“I have spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty, but the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger.”
Ms Simpson now lives in Porepunkah with her husband and daughter.
“When I am not doing the whole mum thing, working, renovating our farmhouse or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, I am writing,” she said.
Her novel, ‘Beyond Today’, set in the Alpine Valleys, is a love story but does not shy away from big social issues such as family violence, mental health and confidentiality.
Ms Simpson will present a talk on her latest book at the Bright Library on Tuesday, May 22, Mt Beauty Library on Wednesday, May 23 and Myrtleford Library on Tuesday, May 29.
All three talks will take place between 5pm and 6pm.