Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Author Looks to Collect the Tales of Freestone

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Author Looks to Collect the Tales of Freestone

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Kirstin Payne

Reporter

ACCORDING to Freestone folklore there was once a teacher who threw boiled peanuts in the school yard for hungry students to hunt for, there is legend of a man buried upright and a flower that blooms on the same day every year.

Tall and short tales like these are just the local treasures author Krista Bjorn is searching for in her quest to write a novel based on the history of Freestone.

Commissioned by the Freestone Hall committee as part of the hall's 150th celebrations, the group is calling for all storytellers and keepers in the area to share their local knowledge.

"I have been looking through maps, interviewing families and researching the history of the area but we still need more stories," Ms Bjorn said yesterday.

The Canadian native, who has a long history as a writer, said she was excited to write about the struggles of the first immigrants, the Aboriginal people of the area and the community as it stands today. …

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