Session 14 – Memoir – Telling true stories

  • Annabel-MorleyAnnabel-Morley
  • Deb-HuntDeb-Hunt
  • RodJones-credit-MariaVellaRodJones-credit-MariaVella

Event Category: 2016 and SessionsEvent Tags: Corrigans Room, Early Morn, and Sunday

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  • Although regarded as non fiction, memoir can easily merge with fiction. How does a writer distinguish memory from fact or determine truths long buried with their teller? Three authors discuss the telling of family tales and the process of discovering the emotional truths of their stories. Facilitated by Meredith Jaffé.

    Deb Hunt had a variety of jobs from a librarian in Saudi Arabia, a teacher in Spain, an actress, journalist, theatre producer and publicist in London. Her true story Dream Wheeler led to a commission to write her memoir, Love in the Outback. Landing a job with the Royal Flying Doctor Service saw Deb leave London and a string of unsuccessful relationships behind for a new life in Broken Hill. Here she met a man who was a legend of the RFDS. Practical, steady, financially responsible and conservative ― everything Deb was not. He wanted a relationship. She wanted to flee.

    Rod Jones’ novel The Mothers is a book about secrets. It interweaves the intimate lives of three generations of Australian women who learn that it’s the stories we can’t tell that continue to shape us and make us who we are. Rod began this novel as a memoir before realising that fiction allowed him to tell a greater truth about the mothers in his life than memoir made possible.

    Annabel Morley is the daughter of renowned actor Robert Morley and granddaughter of the society beauty Dame Gladys Cooper. She grew up in a bohemian artistic and quintessentially English family surrounded by theatre greats such as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Spencer Tracy. Her memoir, The Icing on the Cake, brings to life an exceptional childhood during the glamorous 1940s and 50s and features unpublished photos, private letters and personal memories.

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