City inspires Grace to keep on writing
Thursday, 23rd February, 2017
By Kara de Groot
A Broken Hill author who has been writing about our history for more than a decade is getting ready to release her second book, with plans for a third already underway.
Grace Hawes has lived all of her 95 years in the Silver City, aside from a short stint in Sydney.
Her first book, ‘Honeypot’, was released in 2004 and told a fictionalised version of her early years growing up in Broken Hill.
Her latest release, ‘Coming, Ready Or Not’, is based on the life of her great-grandmother, Mary Jane Quintrell, and is about a Cornish couple who emigrate to Port Adelaide in 1839.
“I wanted to write a story that is of Broken Hill,” Grace said yesterday.
“With my first book I used to get these huge tomes from the Miner and the Truth, I’d do a lot of research, and it’s the same with this. The background is as accurate as I can make it” she said.
She met her maternal great-grandmother when she was 10 years old and was immediately impressed by her independence.
It was only when she was older that she realised what a story she had told about her five-month trip from Cornwall to South Australia, and her time in Port Adelaide at its very beginning.
Grace will launch ‘Coming, Ready Or Not’ on Saturday between 1pm and 2pm at ‘Under The Silver Tree’ bookshop in Sulphide Street.
She will be offering reduced prices on her books, which will be signed, and all the while the ukulele club (of which she is a member) will provide the ambient music. Drinks and nibbles will also be on offer.
WHAT: Graces Hawes’ book launch
WHERE: Under The Silver Tree bookshop, Sulphide St
WHEN: Saturday, 1pm to 2pm