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Authors to share incredible life stories with Southern Downs residents

Southern Downs Regional Council invites all residents to hear true stories of adventure and surviving through adversity at the We Two! Meet the Authors event.

Friends and authors Jenny Old and Marisa Parker will share their true family stories with Southern Downs residents on Friday, 9 November at the Warwick Library.

In Back of Beyond, Jenny Old tells the story of how she and her husband Rick battled the elements and natural disasters in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria region to turn their property, McAllister, into a thriving business and much-loved home.

Marisa Parker’s books Goodbye to Italia and Ciao! We’re in Africa tells the coming-of-age story of her parents as they survived World War II prisoner of war camps and their adventures seeking fortune in South Africa and what is now Zimbabwe.

Councillor for Finance, Governance and the Arts Jo McNally said the books provide wonderful insights into aspects of history that local residents may not have encountered before.

“I am delighted that these talented authors have decided to visit the Southern Downs and share their unique life stories with our residents,” Cr McNally said.

“I encourage all local residents to attend and hear what the incredible lives of these women and their families can teach us about history.”

The event will begin at 10:30am and Council will provide refreshments. Council asks all residents interested in attending the event to RSVP.

For more information or to register your interest to attend, please call the Warwick Library on 4661 0342.

To keep up to date with the latest news and events happening in the Southern Downs, please visit Council’s website at or follow Council’s Facebook page.


Warwick Library - Jenny and Marisa flyer Nov2018







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