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Words with Wine: Melinda Tognini
Thu. 27 April 2017, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm AWST
On Anzac Day, Australians acknowledge those who fought on behalf of the nation. We recognise the returned men, many of whom were physically injured and emotionally scarred. We remember those who sacrificed their lives. But we hear little about those who were left to mourn and carry on without their sons, brothers, fathers and husbands. What became of them? Who remembers them?
Like many Australians, Melinda Tognini has attended numerous Anzac Day services, but had never considered the war widows’ perspective - until a chance encounter led to a meeting with members of the War Widows’ Guild. With a passion for sharing ‘invisible’ stories – those stories absent from or sidelined in the dominant narratives of our history – Melinda Tognini spent the next 8 years researching, writing and editing Many Hearts, One Voice: the story of the War Widows’ Guild in Western Australia.
Melinda’s book tells the story of a group of women whose hopes and dreams for their post-war future were dashed, but who banded together and transformed grief into action. Join us as Melinda introduces us to some of the courageous and tenacious women she came to know through archives, newspapers and oral history interviews, and explains why Many Hearts, One Voice is part of a continuing story.
Doors open at 6.15pm when wine and cheese are served. The author is introduced promptly at 6.30pm.
Book sales and signing available post event.
This event is part of the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival.
The Australian Heritage Festival is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Trusts Partnership Program.