Paul Brunton.
Paul Brunton. Contributed

Tale of Lawson journey

ACTING Mitchell Librarian Paul Brunton will give a talk on Henry Lawson and his 1892 journey through Western NSW at Goonellabah on behalf of the Lismore Library this month.

Lawson was only 25 when he made his harrowing trek through the state’s drought-stricken western regions.

Promoting Mr Brunton’s talk, Lismore Library said Lawson’s journey became a seminal moment in his life and formed the basis of his writing for years to follow.

Lawson’s tragic personal life of alcoholism, marital breakdown and penury was a contrast to the literary achievement that became part of the Australian legend.

His death in 1922 brought forth national mourning usually reserved only for heads of state. He was the first writer to be given a State funeral.

Mr Brunton will give his talk about Lawson at the Goonellabah Community Centre on June 15 from 6.30pm. Entry is free, but bookings are essential.

Call 02 6621 2464 for more information or to book a place.



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