Authors explore women of history

EMPOWERING: Danielle Clode.

TWO South Australian authors will explore Mount Gambier’s “forgotten women” from early colonial life in a special in-conversation event next week.

Gay Lynch and Danielle Clode will lead the discussion at Mount Gambier Library on Tuesday from 7pm, delving into the city’s past to highlight the impact of women in shaping the Blue Lake city.

Ms Lynch will promote her fictional book Unsettled, set in Gambierton (Mount Gambier’s founding name) in the 1800s.

The story explores Australia’s colonial and settlement history through the eyes of the Lynch family, delving into the Irish, the feminine and the local Boandik culture with features of local characters and events, including Adam Lindsay Gordon, Father Julian Tenison-Woods and the wreck of the Admella.

“The accounts of women in history are often unrecorded or erased and their contributions quickly forgotten,” Ms Lynch said.

“Both Danielle and I have dedicated much of our professional lives re-telling the lost stories of strong women figures and combined, our latest books tell of both the struggles and the achievements of some incredible women.”

Ms Clode has produced numerous best-selling Australian non-fiction books, including the popular The Wasp and the Orchid, with her latest release In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World generating attention from both readers and researchers.

The authors will also host free writing workshops on February 24 with a focus on bringing history to life.

Ms Clode will hold a workshop on non-fiction, including family and local history to biography and memoir from 9am.

At 11am, Ms Lynch will explore how fiction changes a story when events are seen through the eyes of different characters.

Bookings are essential for all events.