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Writes of passage for guest authors

Two authors with very different life stories will share their experiences at Armidale Regional Libraries this month.

Get an insight to life of a drover and his family in the 1950s and 1960s when author Patsy Kemp speaks at the Guyra and Armidale libraries on Wednesday 18 September.

Her new novel The Drover’s Daughter describes the highs and lows of growing up on the stock routes of NSW and Queensland, living out of a small truck with a family of nine, six horses, four dogs and 3000 sheep.

Ms Kemp says drovers hold an iconic place in the Australian national identity. The courage and perseverance needed to transport cattle and sheep hundreds of kilometres through rural and outback areas has long captured the imaginations of Australians and people around the world.

Her exploration of the drover’s life turns the spotlight on the women and children who travelled with them.

Her author talk will be held at the Guyra library from 11am to noon and the Armidale library at 3pm to 4pm.

A screenwriter for some of Australia’s favourite television dramas, Kaneana May, will provide her author talk at the Armidale library on Friday 20 September at 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Raised on the NSW Mid-North Coast, Ms May worked with the script departments for Home and Away, All Saints and Headland. After becoming a mother, she turned her attention to writing women's and young adult fiction and has release her debut novel, The One.

Ms May will discuss the inspiration behind The One, as well as the trials and successes of her career so far.

Bookings are requested for each of the talks. Phone 6770 3636 for the Armidale library sessions or 6770 7123 for Patsy Kemp’s talk at the Guyra library.

 

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