Children’s author and poet Libby Hathorn will return to Mudgee next week to launch her new book Eventual Poppy Day ahead of Anzac Day.
Ms Hathorn was in Mudgee early this year acting as the region’s 2015 Australia Day Ambassador.
On Tuesday her new book will be launched by Mudgee Reader’s Festival president Susie Bennett at a special Anzac presentation at Mudgee Library.
The book is centred around Gallipoli and Anzac Day, based on the historical research she undertook on a relative who served at Gallipoli, and is aimed at a younger reader.
It profiles two young protagonists, both 17-years-old, who are related: Maurice, who went to Gallipoli and the Western Front and his great-great nephew, Oliver, who is trying to deal with difficult family circumstances but whose discovery of Maurice’s WWI diary changes the way he sees the world.
The launch of the book will be followed by Ms Hathorn’s presentation - An ANZAC in the family - which talks about the process of writing the book.
In the weeks leading up to the school holidays, Mudgee school children were asked to research a serviceman or woman, and prepare a display.
Many took the opportunity to research a family member and their projects are currently on display in the children’s area of Mudgee Library.
Several children have been invited to present and read their research at the special event that will finish up with a short commentary by the Mudgee RSL sub-branch.
Mudgee Library will host the event in partnership with local schools and the Mudgee RSL sub-branch on Tuesday, April 21 from 10am.
This is a free event. All are welcome and no bookings are required.