Local novelists to give author talk at Traralgon library

Posted on 12 February 2013


Local Gippsland novelists, Ann Cliff and Rosie Abbott, will be visiting Traralgon Library on Thursday 14 February to talk about their books and writing.

Latrobe City Council’s coordinator libraries, Deb Skinner, said that the author talk was a great opportunity for fiction fans and creative writers to meet Ann and Rosie to discuss their novels and the creative process.

“A journalist, Ann Cliff started writing non-fiction books and articles focusing on self-sufficiency and small scale farming, before beginning her fiction writing career in 2006 with her first novel, Moorland Lass. Ann’s novels are romantic family sagas often set in historic Yorkshire.  Ann lives in Gippsland, where she and her husband breed Angus cattle, but retains strong connections to her home in Ripon Yorkshire where her brother still works the family farm.  

“Rosie Abbott is one of the winners of the 2012 State Library of Victoria Writes of Spring National Year of Reading competition.  The Scent of Belonging is Rosie’s first published novel, and reflects her strong interest in the community and the environment. The idea for the story came from a dear friend of Rosie’s who was sent to a remote country town for a year to teach in 1939, and never returned to the city,” Ms Skinner explained.

“Fans of romance, period drama and sagas will love this chance to hear these two authors speak. Readers and creative writers will also enjoy the opportunity to ask the novelists about their inspiration, the process of writing and the birth of a novel. We would encourage anyone with an interest in writing and reading to attend this event,” Ms Skinner concluded.

Ann Cliff and Rosie Abbott will be speaking as part of Library Lovers Week celebrations at Traralgon Library on Thursday 14 February from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 1300 367 700 or visiting your local library in person.

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