Tal­ented au­thor to visit Shep­par­ton

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Ru­ral fic­tion au­thor Wendy Altschwa­ger will visit Shep­par­ton Li­brary on Tues­day, July 7.

Ms Altschwa­ger’s nov­els draw on her ex­pe­ri­ences in her own life as a farmer’s wife, and of trav­el­ling with her hus­band as grey no­mads.

In 2007, while driv­ing a huge seed­ing rig on a 8000 ha wheat farm in Western Aus­tralia, she be­gan pen­ning their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ms Altschwa­ger’s fic­ti­tious char­ac­ters tell of a life jour­ney through the eyes of a teenage boy en­ter­ing man­hood in Run­away, to the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for life in Ed­wina Downs.

In Prior Knowl­edge, she shares her love of horses (and af­ter own­ing sev­eral slow race horses, she fan­ta­sises about hav­ing a good one).

Ms Altschwa­ger’s latest novel, The Pledge, was inspired by sto­ries her hus­band tells of when he left school and cleared scrub for his fa­ther.

In this in­ter-gen­er­a­tional saga, young Toby is in­trigued by in­for­ma­tion he learns about his grand­fa­ther.

The Pledge is a story of mate­ship, loy­alty, love and con­se­quence.

In her cur­rent work in progress, a city school teacher moves to the coun­try and is con­fronted by the strug­gles faced by small, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘I love cap­tur­ing coun­try life and the real Aus­tralian lar­rikin, a cul­ture I fear will event- ually be­come Altschwa­ger said.

She will be speak­ing at Shep­par­ton Li­brary on Tues-


Ms day, July 7 at 2 pm.

For book­ings phone the li­brary on 1300 374 765 by Mon­day, July 6.

Above: Au­thor Wendy Altschwa­ger. Right: The cover of Wendy Altschwa­ger’s latest book.

Eat­ing out: Fay and Ker­ryn Alexan­der, Alice Camil­leri, Beryl Rollinson and Kaye But­ler en­joy their weekly Tues­day lunch out­ing at Cafe a Roma.

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