MICHELE LYNCH - The Clean Lunchbox
Michele Lynch, 36, wrote a book after she made changes to her family's diet and now she's sharing it.
Michele Lynch is based on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and published The Clean Lunchbox in December 2016 after she spent three years documenting her family's dietary change and the effects it had.
"We definitely noticed changes," Lynch said. "In my sons' sweet patterns, in their behaviour, and the way that they enjoyed their food. There was less complaining, we did notice less tantrums, less ear infections, so everything improved really."
She said her and her husband noticed a change in themselves too.
The book contains recipes and is all about clean eating.
"It's about making things from scratch, and low sugar foods, so sweetening things with dates and fruit instead of refined sugars. It's avoiding preservatives really, going back to whole foods, whole ingredients," Lynch said.
Her dietary changes and decision to write the book came after one of her four sons was diagnosed with alopecia.
The auto immune condition then developed into alopecia universalis, which led to Lynch's son losing all his body hair and her decision to make a change.
"I just took it on board to look into dietary chances. So we cut out gluten, dairy and sugar. And then continued on that path and went on to cut out grains, corn and soy," she said.
Lynch said although the change in diet didn't immediately appear to help with the alopecia, it was making a difference.
"Basically because it's auto immune all the kind of isolated damage on the inside to his immune system had already happened so he went basically 12 months without hair and then after that it started growing back again," she said.
"Medically, it was highly unlikely that his hair was going to grow back, so I've seen proof that changes in diet can heal conditions that are auto immune."
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
SUNDAY 1st APRIL - 10am - 12 midday
VIRGINIA MIRANDA - Flash Fiction Volume 1 & 2
" ....a satisfying combination of tales that possess dry delicate humour, are ripe with subterfuge, exhibit strong characterization and dare I say it, are deliciously fruity.” Dimity Powell – Children’s Author
Virginia is the current Secretary and Treasurer of the Fellowship of Australian Writer’s Queensland (FAWQ) and has been working toward this first publication for several years having taken a step back from her Managing Director role at her family’s Brisbane based company.
‘Flash Fiction, Volume One’ is a compilation of 37 stories, each no more than 500 words, concise and easily consumed in brief moments of down time. Stories range from ‘The Autumn Stranger’ a story of unrequited love; Fish’ an aboriginal dreamtime story; ‘Little Bird’ a story from the Spanish Civil War; ‘Ice Cave’ beginning in Neolithic time and ending in the twentieth century. Illustrated throughout, the stories are varied taking the reader on a brief but significant journey etching indelible images of people; places and situations that linger in the mind and often leave the reader wanting more.
Carmel Rowley, Australian author said of the novel, ‘Flash Fiction Volume One is a descriptive work of love and life that leaps from the emotional to the amusing. The stories are put together with intelligence and caring for the life we all lead. A truly enjoyable read.’
Virginia will be presenting her brand new collection - FLASH FICTION: VOLUME TWO.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - VIRGINIA MIRANDA
SATURDAY 7th APRIL - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
DARRON EASTWELL - The Day I Broke My Brain
In late May of 2015, I planned on a day of mountain bike riding at Tewantin National Park. Located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, Tewantin is a mountain biker’s dream. The terrain is varied, with some very aggressive climbs.
It was a perfect day for riding. But, unfortunately, fate had other plans for me that day.
My GPS speedometer indicated that I had been riding for a couple of hours. As I have no memories from that day, I can only rely on the data. My pace was slow and easy as I rode. The hills were steep and I was enjoying my ride. The speedometer data show an abrupt jump in my speed up to almost 60km per hour (almost 40 MPH). It was clear that I had entered into a steep downhill descent.
This was to be the last cycling descent of my past life.
The day that started so sunny and full of bright promise ended abruptly when I crashed my mountain bike and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Little did I know that my life, and the lives of those who love me, would be drastically changed forever.
MEET & CHAT WITH DARRON
SUNDAY 8th APRIL - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
JUDITH BONE - Reflections of a Midwife: The Miracle of Birth
Exploring the miracle of pregnancy from conception to birth through tyhe eyes of a Christian midwife.
Judith is a New Zealand trained nurse and midwife who now lives on the Sunshine Coast. In her 50 years of nursing and midwifery, it has always been Judith's dream to start writing reflections of her long and varied career.
MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR
SATURDAY 14th APRIL - 10.00am - 12.00 midday
TEX PERKINS - Tex
Iggy Pop calls Tex Perkins " ...the realest dude out there. He is a born stone stud-symbol. I wish I was more like Tex.
Tex Perkins embodies rock 'n roll. He has the swagger, presence and indomitable attitude that comes from three decades of fronting some of Australia's most intense and spirited bands; The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon, Thug, Dark Horses, The Ladyboyz and Don, Tex and Charlie who are touring now.
Tex's autobiography is simply a great read for anyone interested in Australian music and the world of rock 'n roll. It's interesting, totally unpretentious and VERY funny.
We are so fortunate to be presenting a great event - Tex Perkins in conversation with Jon Coghill, drummer of Powderfinger - now working for our Local ABC Radio.
We are happy and grateful to be partnering with the Noosa Library Service to bring you this unique opportunity!
TEX PERKINS IN CONVERSATION WITH JON COGHILL
THURSDAY 19th APRIL - 6.00pm for a 6.30 start
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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?
AUTHOR TALK WITH SOUTH AFRICAN WINE & FINGER FOOD
WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY - 6.00PM
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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
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.
HELEN GARNER IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNIE GAFFNEY
THURSDAY 21st JUNE - 6.00pm
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