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Author Patsy Kemp returns to the Western Downs

9 May 2017

Author Patsy Kemp brings her memoir The Drover's Daughter to the Western Downs.

Author Patsy Kemp brings her memoir The Drover’s Daughter to the Western Downs.

This month, Western Downs Libraries are proud to be hosting author and local legend, Patsy Kemp as she tours her official memoir, The Drover’s Daughter across our region from Monday 15 May.

  • Full of warmth, honesty and humour, The Drover’s Daughter shares Patsy’s tales of the highs and lows of growing up along the stock routes of South East Queensland and New South Wales during the 1950s and 60s;
  • With strong ties to our region, Patsy’s memoir features many locations across the Western Downs, including Bell, Chinchilla, Jandowae, Meandarra and Tara;
  • Join Patsy Kemp on her tour of the Western Downs, and discover more about her at a free author visit at your local library branch, call Western Downs Libraries on 1300 COUNCIL to reserve your place.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said this is an author visit not to be missed if you love a great tale and want to learn more about the history of the great Australian Drover.

“We’re very excited to have Patsy back in the Western Downs. It’s wonderful to see locals giving back to their communities, sharing their stories, and adding to the rich history of our region,” she said.

“Western Downs Libraries love being able to promote and facilitate tours for local authors and provide events that their communities really enjoy and possibly give inspiration to aspiring writers.

“Patsy’s memoir, The Drover’s Daughter, is a wonderful and inspiring tale that I’m sure will hit a few familiar chords with our residents, particularly as she recounts her time spent visiting the many small towns in our region.

“So, come along to an event near you, have a bite to eat, hear a little bit more about the book, and stick around for an informal meet-and-greet with Patsy.”

Author Patsy Kemp said her life as a Drover’s Daughter had many highs and lows and her memoir tells the story of what it was like growing up as a woman in the droving lifestyle.

“This is the first book ever knowingly written about a droving family working their way from town to town across two Australian states from New South Wales and South East Queensland,” she said.

“Drovers hold an iconic place in our Australian identity, due to the courage and perseverance needed to follow their cattle and sheep hundreds of miles through rural and outback areas. But what of the women and children who travelled with them?

“It’s definitely not a children’s book, the story is told warts and all.”

Light refreshments will be provided at each event. For full event details and to see when Patsy will be visiting your local library visit the Western Downs Libraries website, or contact 1300 COUNCIL to book your seat.

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Media Contact:
Cr Kaye Maguire | Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development | 0475 007 555