26 October 2015 Judy Nunn Talks Books in Coffs

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26 October 2015 Judy Nunn Talks Books in Coffs

​Judy Nunn - globally-acclaimed actor, scriptwriter and now one of Australia’s leading fiction writers - will be a special guest of the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in Coffs Harbour on November 17 to talk about her life and her  latest novel ‘Spirits of the Ghan’.


When travelling on The Ghan three years ago, she was instantly inspired and a long-held desire to set a novel in the centre of Australia was reignited.


“I have always been fascinated by the Red Centre. Every single time I visit such places I am struck by the sense of spirituality that abounds in the silence of the outback. The sensation is palpable. The land seems to breathe with a life all its own, and never more so than in the Red Centre,” says Judy.


‘Spirits of the Ghan’ is set in 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised with the completion of the mighty Ghan railway.


The novel tells the story of two people deeply involved in realising that dream - Jess Manning, an Aboriginal woman whose role as negotiator between the Elders and the railway has earned her respect among those involved with the project and Matthew Witherton, a senior surveyor overseeing the construction of the line. When their paths finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention, and could threaten the completion of the railway.


Judy’s first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, became instant bestsellers. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historical-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.


In 2015 Judy was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her ‘significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author’.


Judy will be at the Library on Tuesday, November 17, at 6pm where she will be in conversation with local Coffs Coast Advocate journalist Claudia Jambor. The Book Warehouse will also be selling copies of ‘Spirits of the Ghan’ at the event so you can have your copy personally signed by Judy Nunn. Entry is free, but to book your place, call 6648 4900, or email library.bookings@chcc.nsw.gov.au or book online at http://libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au