A JOURNEY OF CREATIVE HEALING - Mary Atkins
“In a time so in need of true elders to guide the coming generations, Mary is a shining example of someone who walks her talk, whose purpose in life is to serve and encourage others to be true to themselves.”
KIMBA AREM, MUSIC THERAPIST
I need to put my focus on being creative. I need to create something new each day. It doesn’t matter what—I simply need to focus on the planning and joy of creativity.
Mary Atkins was a young mother of two small children when her husband was tragically killed in a light aircraft accident. Her body, already exhibiting signs that something was amiss, bore the brunt of this tragedy and at the age of 27 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Doctors told her she would be wheelchair-bound within months.
But that’s not what happened.
Instead, Mary recovered. Her journey to wellness began when she acted on a powerful intuitive voice that suggested she undertake a strict daily program of creative expression—to plan, create or do something she had never done before. Within twelve months she could once again walk without aids. She has now been in full remission from MS for more than fifty years.
In A Journey of Creative Healing Mary shares her remarkable story—and those of other survivors who have endured equally debilitating emotional and physical shocks—and reveals how listening to your intuitive voice, exploring creativity in all its guises, can deliver recovery from overwhelming grief and profound illness. By following her six steps to healing Mary believes you too can find your way home to health.
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SATURDAY 21st APRIL - 10.00am - 12 midday
MICHELLE MARKS - All My Children
ALL MY CHILDREN is a collection of poetry from Australian indie author Michelle Marks. Raw and honest, ALL MY CHILDREN follows the author's journey through pregnancy loss, subsequent pregnancies and the process of healing. Michelle's words validate the feelings of guilt, loss and grief experienced when a mother loses a child. Highlighting the importance of healing not only the emotional, but also the physical trauma of loss, this book is not only for anyone who has lost a child, but anyone who loves someone who has.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
SUNDAY 22nd APRIL - 10.00am - 12 .00 midday
SHELLEY DAVIDOW - Shadow Sisters
During the terrifying years of Apartheid in South Africa, Shelley Davidow’s family was a crime. At a time when it was illegal for black and white people to live together, Shelley’s social activist parents took in Rosie, an abandoned black three-year-old. Rosie grew up as a beloved daughter and sister in a white household. Against the backdrop of racist laws and ever-present threats of violence, Shelley’s parents did all they could to provide a safe, happy home for their five children. But when Rosie was sixteen, devastating truths came to light, shattering the family’s understanding of the past.
In this haunting memoir, Shelley Davidow unravels the memories of her early life, searching for truth and reconciliation. Shadow Sisters leaves us with a deeper understanding of family love – but what if, sometimes, love is not enough?
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THE LONG GOODBYE - Pam Parker
We are thrilled to welcome Pam back to the shop for a chance to meet her readers.
"On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family. Spanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family,
The Long Goodbye is an unforgettable story of love and loss by an outstanding new writer of originality and remarkable skill.
When Pamela's ageing mother succumbs to advanced dementia and the family attempts to care as best they can for her, it is her father who takes matters into his own hands and ends her mother's life before taking his own life several weeks later. The Long Goodbye takes you into the life of this family, revealing the grit and resilience which has always driven them, as well as the love that binds them together through the years. At times hilariously funny, at times tragic and shocking, The Long Goodbye is ultimately a grand story of love and the unbreakable bonds of marriage and family set against the harsh and unforgiving realities of life on the land.
Disastrous floods, drought, and farming accidents mean that life and death are never far apart. The Australian landscape is evoked in all its beauty, but its danger is inescapable. Pamela writes with incredible honesty and warmth about her own parents, grandparents and extended family, their celebrations, their wit and great humour while never shying from the dark truths and difficult struggles that plague them too. The Long Goodbye illustrates the devastation of dementia and its terrible consequences for an entire family, as well as her father's controversial and unspeakable solution in euthanasia.
The Long Goodbye is a true story of impossible beauty and sadness, and the story of a remarkable love that could be no other way.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - PAM PARKER
SUNDAY 6th MAY - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
DONALD GRANT - Killer Instinct
Leading forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant was the first State Director of Forensic Psychiatry in Queensland and sat on the bench of the state's unique Mental Health Court for five years. His life's work has been understanding the murderous mind.
KILLER INSTINCT: Having a mind for murder
Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant asks what it is about murder that fascinates us. Is it a chill whisper of fear reminding us we too can kill? Grant describes ten true murder cases, each different, each complex, each with unique triggers. Fact leaves fiction for dead. For those directly affected, murder is a sombre and scarring event. For most of us, murder is an arm's length experience, close enough to frighten and fascinate yet far enough not to traumatise. Grant proposes that our restless chatter about it, our state of heightened alert, our endless viewing, may be play therapy, reassuring us that our own killer instinct is under control.
BOOK LAUNCH: KILLER INSTINCT by Donald Grant
THURSDAY 7th JUNE - 6.00pm
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Once again, we are very excited to be partnering with the Noosa Library Service to bring you one of Australia's greatest living writers. Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. Her book of essays Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction.
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THURSDAY 21st JUNE - 6.00pm
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