Book launches – The daughter of a literary icon, a bushranger and a hungry butterfly

The Write around the Murray festival has become a favoured event for local writers to launch their newest works.

Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers

Honor Auchinleck's childhood memoir, Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers

Honor Auchinleck’s childhood memoir, Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers

It’s not easy growing up in the shadow of high achieving parents, but Honor Auchinleck, daughter of the creator of The Silver Brumby, Elyne Mitchell, says she is grateful for the challenges it presented.

Honor’s memoir, Elyne Mitchell: A Daughter Remembers was launched along with Paul Terry’s biography of bank robber, bushranger and minister, Andrew George Scott, In Search of Captain Moonlite on Friday night.

Launching Honor’s book, her lifelong friend, Mary Greenshields said the narrative’s descriptive language allowed the reader to travel with Honor on the journey that Honor knew she had to travel to know where she had come from.

She said Honor had shown extraordinary attention to detail when going through her mother’s papers.

‘The poem, The Old House, was found on the back of a shopping list.  Just think that could have been lost to the world.’

Mary also congratulated her friend on not shying away from being truthful about her parents who came from distinguished and demanding families.

Honor said the the book was in essence a childhood memoir.

‘By today’s standards it was an extraordinary childhood of the 50’s and 60’s. It is a record of the memories and sense of identity and value of the life we lead.’

Honor encouraged others to write.

‘All you need is an iPad or a laptop or a pen and paper to enter the Write around the Murray story competition or the Elyne Mitchell award.’

An exhibition on Elyne Mitchell’s life is on display at the LibraryMuseum.

In Search of Captain Moonlite

In Search of Captain Moonlite

In Search of Captain Moonlite

Paul Terry continues his fascination with Australian bushrangers in this record of the man Paul labels ‘a real man of the hour’ but also the accidental bushranger.

After discovering a rare cache of documents Paul, news director at Prime News in Albury when he is not writing about bushrangers, set out to tell the tale of Andrew George Scott who taught Sunday school on Sundays and robbed banks at other times.

‘He was loved by men and women and was a man of many contrasts. He was passionately in love with a man, but should never have been a criminal.’

Paul said each time Scott appeared in court he mounted a spectacular defense, but he also had a spectacular gift for misadventure.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Scott’s life was his relationship with James Nesbitt who Scott described as his soulmate.

Paul said there is not much doubt that their’s was a homosexual relationship.

When Scott died he was denied his dying wish to be buried at Gundagai next to Nesbitt, but many years later his body was exhumed and his remains placed next to Nesbitt.

Hungry?

Hungry?

Hungry?

Hungry?  is a beautiful publication developed by artist, Melanie Ruth with the community of Albury Wodonga, by Penguin’s Children’s Marketing and Publicity Manager, Tye Cattanach.

Over seven months Melanie met and worked with five young families from the local community to create the multicultural cookbook. The families included refugee families from South Sudan and Bhutan, migrant families from Mexico and Russia and the oldest culture in the world. Wiradjuri.

In the book a butterfly travels across the continents an stops whenever she feels hungry.

Melanie Ruth with the Pokhurzi-Bhandari family at the launch of Hungry?

Melanie Ruth with the Pokhurzi-Bhandari family at the launch of Hungry?

 

Funded through a cultural and community grant, the project was auspiced by the Volunteer Resource Bureau.  A feature of the publication is the beautiful children’s artwork.

Download the Write around the Murray festival program here.

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About Robyne Young

Writer, creative writing teacher, editor, columnist. Literary lover. Short story collections, The Only Constant and The Basket and the Briefcase available via website.
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