Emerging local author to speak at Maleny Library
Betty Birskys, a woman who has proved age is no barrier to achieving success in later life by publishing her first book at age 80, will be a guest speaker at the Maleny Library next month.
The Sunshine Coast author made the shortlist in 2004 for the Queensland Premier's Best Emerging Author Award for an unpublished manuscript.
Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said while Mrs Birskys did not win the award, she was still determined to publish her 'fictional memoirs' titled Homeland.
"Mrs Birskys always loved writing, but never had enough time to produce and publish more than a short story," Cr Aldous said.
"Homeland was a story close to her heart and one she felt Australians needed to read. It tells of the coming of the first 'new Australians' in the late 1940s - non-British refugees from war-torn Europe - and the gradual intermingling of people from different ethnic backgrounds into one Australia."
Homeland is based around the lives of the Lithuanian DP (Displaced Persons) immigrants of the late 1940s and their families, including her own Lithuanian-born husband, the late Anton Birskys.
Mrs Birskys said she wrote Homeland to remind or teach readers about Australia's 'untold experiment' involving the luring of European immigrants - the ancestors of many Australians - after the Second World War and the birth of the multi-cultural society we know today.
Betty Birskys will speak at the Maleny Library, 5 Coral Street, Maleny, on Wednesday July 5 at 10am. The event is free, but bookings are essential and should be made by phoning the library on 5429 6222. Morning tea will be provided.
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