Lo­cal au­thor to present talk on her lastest book

Myrtleford Times - - What’s On -

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.

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