Talented author to visit Shepparton
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.