6:00 PM18:00

Launch of LEANE TIMES by Wendy Frew


49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney 


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Author, Wendy Frew, and Broadcast Book’s Bernadette Foley, will discuss the inspiration, the research and the writing of this unique and important record of Australian history.


Historian Charles Bean described the Leanes as 'the most famous family of soldiers in Australian military history' and they were used as a poster family for recruitment in the First World War. But these Aussie diggers were separated by only one generation from humble Cornish farmers and their families, who sought godliness not glory when they sailed to South Australia in 1852.In 'Leane Times', Wendy Frew goes behind the myth of this famous fighting family to discover a complex story of people who came to Australia in search of prosperity and religious freedom. Lifted out of almost medieval village life in east Cornwall by a great wave of religious non-conformism and mass migration from the old world to the new, the Leanes landed in South Australia at a time when free immigrants were carving out a 'paradise of dissent'. These Cornish immigrants helped influence education, civic life and women's rights in their new country, and eventually transformed themselves into people who called themselves Australian.  

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Broadcast Books Autumn Writer's Talk

Come one, come all to the first Broadcast Books Writer's Talk in our new location — the fascinating Cross Arts Projects Gallery in Potts Point. Enjoy an evening of wine, food and good company, and gain insights into the birth of a novel, The Secrets at Ocean's Edge, with its author, Kali Napier. It will be fun, relaxed and informative.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018
6 pm to 8 pm
The Cross Arts Projects Gallery
8 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
Just a short walk from Kings Cross station. Catch the train on the Eastern Suburbs Line from Central, Town Hall or Martin Place.

Bookings: Humanitix 

Every family has secrets that bind them together.

Lily and Ernie Hass and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression; all they have keeping their family together are their secrets. Leaving their beloved farm, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse. But forming new alliances with the locals isn't easy.

Into their new life wanders Lily's shell-shocked brother, Tommy, after three harrowing years on the road following his incarceration. Tommy is seeking answers that will cut to the heart of who Ernie, Lily and Girlie really are.

'One of the best books I've read this year. I absolutely loved it. Totally gripping, beautifully written, the characterisation is superb. An absolutely stunning book. I am still thinking about it.' MELISSA ASHLEY, author of The Birdman's Wife

KALI NAPIER worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist on gender programs before working as an Aboriginal family history researcher for the Queensland government and as a Native Title anthropologist in the mid-west of Western Australia, the setting for The Secrets at Ocean's Edge. The novel was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award as was her first manuscript – also a finalist in the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Kali is currently an MPhil candidate in creative writing at the University of Queensland.

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6:00 PM18:00

Start Writing

Enjoy an evening discussing writing tips and publishing paths with fabulous author Charlotte Nash and experienced publisher and editor Bernadette Foley

·      Dreaming of writing a novel or memoir but don’t know how to begin?

·      You’ve finished the first draft and wondering what to do next?

·      Want to know how publishers and authors work together in this age of Amazon?

To discuss these burning questions, which are important for all writers, join Charlotte Nash, author of 5 brilliant novels that have entertained Australians since her first, Ryders Ridge, was released in 2013 and are now charming readers around the world, and publisher–editor Bernadette Foley, who has over 25 years experience in the book industry and has worked with some of the nation’s best-loved authors, including Charlotte.

We’ll also offer tips and advice for new writers of fiction and creative non-fiction; look at pathways to publication, and aspects of today’s publishing industry; and answer your queries about writing and how to keep up the momentum and enthusiasm till you type the words ‘The End’. Before and after the talk, you can mingle and meet other emerging writers over a drink and nibbles.

It’s all happening in the delightful setting of MOMO Brasserie, Ground floor of the BNP Bld, 65 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, between King Street and Martin Place, just up from Martin Place station.

Price: $25 includes the talk, a drink and light finger-food

Bookings are essential: www.humanitix.com/event/get-writing/

A percentage of each ticket price goes to The Smith Family.



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