Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Valley's Diversity Laid Down in Book

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Valley's Diversity Laid Down in Book

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OCCASIONALLY we forget about the diversity that has made the Clarence Valley such an interesting place to live.

Highly acclaimed and much-loved author Shirley Walker has, however, made it her mission to remind everyone of our community's make-up through her most recent book, The Ghost at the Wedding.

Written movingly about life on the Clarence River last century, it deals with the young men, cane cutters and mill workers and others, who hastened to the first and second world wars, many of whom paid with their lives, and the women who welcomed them back and raised a new generation, for good or ill.

Because the central figure in this book, Shirley's mother-in-law Jessie Walker, was a local painter, the book has much to say about art and its ability to communicate important emotional truths.

Shirley will be the guest speaker at The Gallery Foundation's seventh annual dinner and art auction, The D'art, to be held at The Barn, Grafton Showground, on Friday, March 2. …

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