Justin Sheedy Invited to the Gloucester Writers’ Festival 2012 for his latest book, “Nor the Years Condemn”
Well! Once again I’m more grateful than a Great Big Galloping GRATEFUL Thing to have been invited as a guest writer to this year’s Gloucester Writers’ Festival, 4-6 May, on the strength of my new historical fiction, Nor the Years Condemn.
Set in the mid-NSW town of Gloucester, a classic country centre nestled in the natural wonder of the Barrington Tops ranges, the Gloucester Writers’ Festival is known for its friendly and highly interactive atmosphere, a literary event where readers can truly meet the authors and get the ‘stories behind the stories’. The GWF is characterised by its mix of well-established writers and new writers (such as myself) and is also very much committed to supporting young authors who, thanks to the efforts of Festival Director, Lindy Dupree, will have a fighting chance of becoming Australia’s literary figures of the future.
As a writer, I’m passionate about Australian history – my first book, Goodbye Crackernight, having been a portrait of growing up in 1970s Australia (when a child’s proudest possession was not a Playstation but a second-hand bike). My latest book, Nor the Years Condemn, now available as an ebook at Smashwords and as a print-on-demand paperback at Amazon, is an historical fiction based on the stunning true Australian story of how, in World War II, the best and brightest of a generation ironically picked one of the fastest ways to die of the War. And won it. The title is taken from the 1914 poem by Lawrence Binyon, For the Fallen, a famous verse of which is better known by the Australian public (as well as in Commonwealth nations) as the ‘Ode of Remembrance’. In a nutshell, my story is one of shining young men destined never to become old, and of those who do: the survivors ‘condemned by the years’ and to their memory of friends who remain forever young. For more background plus reading excerpts of Nor the Years Condemn, CLICK HERE. To my delight and relief beyond measure, the book has received excellent early reader reviews. To read them, CLICK HERE.
So I honestly can’t imagine anything more rewarding than the prospect of taking part in the Gloucester Writers’ Festival writer panel “Mining the Past for Stories” on Sat 5 May with the following award-winning Australian historical fiction authors: Carol Baxter – latest work, Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady… And Isolde Martyn, her latest offering, Fleur-de-Lis. This panel will look at some of the following themes surrounding historical fiction writing…
What draws writers to this genre of fiction? Why does the past offer such a rich field of inspiration for fiction?
What can fiction do that non-fiction historical writing can’t?
What kind of research is required for historical fiction?
Why is historical fiction so popular with readers?
If you are interested in writing historical fiction, what do you need to know before you start?
All I can say, frankly, is LET ME AT IT. As well as a profound thank you to Festival Director, Lindy Dupree, for inviting me to this year’s Gloucester Writers’ Festival.
My fellow authors…