What a great joy is was to be amongst friends and former colleagues at the historical Taree Literary Institute, now in its 154th year, on 5 December last. What a welcome! The warmth in the room showed good old fashioned country hospitality in abundance. I spoke about my book, the writing process and motivation for it, and read passages. The audience must have been very forgiving of my dry mouthed stumbling over the passages, despite me having written them, as they readily bought copies and in some instances, numbers of them.
My thanks to president Brian Crisp and his committee and to librarian, Kylie Attard and her assistants, who all showed their great affection for literature and writing generally. The Taree Institution supports a public library and has done so for over a century and a half. When next in Taree it is well worth a visit – just for the ambience alone. What a great show of community perseverance. Alan