First-time authors a talented lot
By NERIDA BLOK
THEY'VE seen the movie Calendar Girls, but this group of North Coast women researchers turned writers won't be peeling off clothes for publicity, unlike their celebrity counterparts.
"It's winter anyway," laughed one.
The 10 women have just published their first anthology of short stories, letters and poetry called Remembering Mothers with help from retired academic and author, Noeline Kyle.
To be launched next week at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival, the book is made up of each author's individual stories: from birth to death, on marriage, families, daughters, stepmothers, loss and grief.
"It's a sharing of stories of family stories," Noeline said.
"It's about mapping the way in which humans, particularly women, live their lives through their families, which are so important."
Noeline said the women, aged from 50 to 80, had been meeting regularly for two years, sharing their stories at the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society's Crawford House.
Six months ago she suggested the women compile a book on the recurring theme of those meetings mothers.
"They began as researchers and have become writers," she said.
"We did think of doing a calendar."
Remembering Mothers will be avail- able in local bookstores for $22.50.