Writing Special Stories for Special People

These sessions will prove, yet again, that war isn't only about soldiers

Host – Tom Lewis

Telling Children About War

Allison Paterson

Could there be any more challenging task for an author than writing books for children about subjects such as Gallipoli and the Western Front – or why we have Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials? Allison Paterson explains how she has done just that, with acclaimed success. Her research and writing is infused by a desire to inspire children with understanding, gratitude and respect for those who served.

Telling My Story – 21 Years as the Spouse of a Soldier

Maria Augustus-Dunn

Who had the hardest fight? Often, in both war and peace, it was the partners of people in uniform. Maria Augustus-Dunn wrote her book Married Quarter: Boots, Berets and Bloody Uniforms to give a light-hearted glimpse into the world of the modern service family. Maria loves to write and to talk. Look forward to an entertaining session!

Host Tom Lewis will welcome audience participation.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Dr Tom Lewis OAM

Tom Lewis has written 14 books, many of them focussed on the events of the bombing of Darwin. He has been a school teacher; a naval officer from 1993 to 2012, with service in Baghdad and Timor; then he led the development and operation of the Darwin Military Museum. A new book, Lethality in Combat: A Study of the True Nature of Battle exposed the battlefield myths of several wars and is now recognised as essential reading for those concerned with the realities of armed conflict.

Allison Paterson

Allison Paterson is the author of the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, the children’s version of her adult title Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars. Both are based on a collection of over 500 letters sent from the Western Front by her grandfather and his four brothers. Allison’s picture books Granny’s Place and Shearing Time are inspired by childhood memories of life on the farm. Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials was published in 2018 and is the first in a series for children regarding Australia’s military history. Allison was a recipient of the 2017 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship. The resulting young adult title Follow After Me was released in March. Allison lives on the Sunshine Coast and, since resigning from a 30-year teaching career, now enjoys working full-time as a publishing consultant, writer and presenter.

Maria Augustus-Dunn

When Maria was 29 years of age she married Brad, a soldier. She spent the next 21 years cycling through nine postings (including Darwin), two deployments, one diplomatic posting, countless job interviews and a brain tumour. Seven years ago she and Brad decided to become permanent ‘Grey Nomads’. They have been travelling around Australia ever since. ‘Writing my first book, Married Quarter, was an absolute joy. I loved every minute of it,’ Maria says.

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