As the event leading up to the 150th anniversary of the 'Lost in the Bush' commemoration, the Library will be hosting three sessions with Lost! author Stephanie Owen Reeder.
Lost! tells the story of the three Duff children Isaac (9), Jane (7), and Frank (3½) who were lost in the Nurcoung scrub for 9 days and 8 eights in August 1864. The children were finally found by a large search party, with the help of Aboriginal trackers.Stephanie published Lost! a true tale from the bush in 2009, and it was short-listed for the Eve Pownall Award for information books, in the Australian Book of the Year Awards in 2010.
She was inspired by William Strutt's Cooey, or, The Trackers of Glenferry - a version of the story and illustrated with beautiful watercolours and sketches, and her book features many of his illustrations. What makes Stephanie's retelling of the story different is that she has finished each chapter with an informative section on how children lived in the 1860s, much of it illustrated with works from the National Library's Picture Collection.
Stephanie will be in the area on Thursday 7th August, and is speaking at:
Goroke Library (30 Main St, Ph 5386 1360) at 10:15am
Nhill Library (5 Clarence St, Ph 5391 1684) at 1:30pm
Horsham Library (Gateway Centre, Wilson St, Ph 5382 5707) at 7:30pm
There will be copies of Lost! and Stephanie's other titles available for sale. Bookings are essential for each session.