Millthorpe Pop-up

May 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Australia | 3 Comments

The author showcase at Millthorpe is getting closer. I am re-blogging Kim’s interview with me to give more background. Thanks, Kim.

Kim Kelly

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MEET THE AUTHOR IN MILLTHORPE

LINDA VISMAN

Our Millthorpe Pop-Up is a celebration of Australian writing, our books all gathering together in a little gold-rush era village with stories whispering from every wild colonial verandah post. So tell us, Linda, how has your Australianness, or your experience of Australia, inspired or influenced your storytelling explorations?

I was born in England and came to Australia in 1954 at age five with my parents and three siblings; another brother was born here. For me looking back, it was the best thing my parents could have done for us kids. We lived in a rural area too, which was great. My mother hadn’t wanted to leave her home, her mother, and the things she was familiar with, but Dad was an adventurer in many ways. Poverty and three cases of polio in the family made life quite difficult during my high school years.

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  1. Good piece, Linda – and interesting. I am always intrigued by the motivations that drive us to write. I wonder where your writing instincts lie, do you feel you have inherited your mother’s attachment to family and home ( the things that made her a reluctant emigree) or your father’s adventurous spirit?

    • I think I have both in a way, Frederick, though probably my father’s need for new horizons trumps Mum’s need for security. However, my two novels are set in the years when I was growing from young teenager to young woman. I think I want to show that world to other young people today, to get them to see the background that anchors their parents and grandparents, how different their world was in so many ways and how they did the best they could under the circumstances..

  2. I am going back to read “the rest of the story” and find out more, Linda! ✨😀


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