Henrietta Augusta Dugdale - 'a hero for women, a trailblazer for her time'

What better way to mark International Women’s Day than by sharing the blurb of my new book, Step Up, Mrs Dugdale.

“In 1867, Henrietta Augusta Dugdale, dairywoman of Queenscliff, is pushed to breaking point and leaves her fourteen-year marriage. With access to her children denied, she enters the freethinking world of Melbourne bohemia and sets out to change the law that casts women as property, with no legal rights of their own.

A fearless crusader for women’s justice, the indefatigable ‘Mrs D.’ outclasses those who try to silence or belittle her, all the while haunted by the loss of her three sons, the dark undercurrents of the past and the mysterious fate of her first love.

From newfound facts and family memorabilia, Lynne Leonhardt has created a luminous tale of love, loss, triumph and fortitude, set against the evocative coastal landscape of Port Phillip Bay and the wonder-city of Melbourne at the height of the gold-rush boom. Step Up, Mrs Dugdale is an unforgettable portrait of a pioneering suffragist – a hero for women, a trailblazer for her time.”

STEP UP, MRS DUGDALE is coming soon!!

 

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Sip and Savour Historical Flavour

On the 8th November, I will be taking part in a Historical Novel Society of Australiasia panel event in Melbourne, along with fellow featured authors, Glenice Whitting and Alli Sinclair.

The panel, led by Robert Gott, will discuss stories of immigration - of migration to Australia and connections to the old country. Central to memories of the old country is feasting - sharing of food and drink evocative of the old country. In that vein, the panel discussion will be accompanied by beverage pairings - from Australia, Germany and Italy.

Tickets ($25.00) can be purchased from Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/VRJZ

Ticket price includes wine/beverage sample and cocktail supper.

Venue: Mail Exchange Hotel:
Function Rooms
688 Bourke St, Melbourne.
(corner of Bourke Street and Spencer Street, opposite Southern Cross Station).

Enter via the Bourke Street entrance, down the escalators, through the Bistro. Function rooms face onto Bourke Street.











HNSA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HNSAustralasia/
HNSA Melbourne Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242775092782782/?ref=br_rs

Public Lending Rights payment

 

It’s that time of the year when I receive notification of my yearly Public Lending Right payment. A small royalty rate for every book that is borrowed through libraries across Australia. Though very small, it accumulates. More importantly, it lets me know that my book is still popular.  Thank you, readers!

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For those of you who have not read Finding Jasper or would like a copy, it can be purchased at Buy Now

Some years ago my local library was burnt to the ground and had to be relocated. I'm pleased to say that I will be giving a talk there on 2nd July. Look forward to seeing you there.

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Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference 2015

Looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people at this Sydney conference. It kicks off tonight with a cocktail party at the State Library. There should be some lively discussion at a round table debate with Kelly Gardiner (Chair)Deborah ChallinorJesse BlackadderRachel Le Rossignol and Gillian Polack as they ponder the question: ‘What can historical novelists and historians learn from each other? 

 

Guest Speaker at the Town of Vincent Library & History Centre

 

I will be guest speaker at the Town of Vincent Library & History Centre. To hear more about the writing of Finding Jasper please come along and join me.

When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May to 11:00 AM, Wednesday 28 May 2014

Where: 99 Loftus Street, Leederville, Western Australia, 6007

http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/library/News_Events/Display/Library_Forum_Finding_Jasper_with_Lynne_Leonhardt

 

Guest speaker at Society of Women Writers WA

I will be guest speaker at the Society of Women Writers WA on 18th March 2014. This will follow a General Monthly Meeting which will be held at 12.15 pm. 

Topic: Serendipity: PhD to Publication 

Venue:       Citiplace Community Centre, Perth Railway Station Concourse (above Platform 9)

 

for more details about SWWWA see http://www.swwofwa.com/monthly_meeting.html

 

Source: http://www.swwofwa.com/2014_calendar_and_b...

SINGAPORE LAUNCH OF FINDING JASPER

FINDING JASPER BOOK LAUNCH

Date: 7 Nov 2013

Time: 7pm-8:30pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)

Venue: Multi-Purpose Room, B1, National Library Board, Singapore

            100 Victoria Street, Singapore

About the Launch 

Meet West Australian author Lynne Leonhardt at the launch of her novel in Singapore.Finding Jasper (Margret River Press) explores the social, emotional and physical dislocation brought about by war.  Set across Australia, England and Sri Lanka between 1945-65, Finding Jasper is an acute, sensitive search for love and a sense of self in a rapidly changing world.  

The book will be launched by guest speaker Kevin Peter Blackburn, NIE and the author will show a short video and read an excerpt from the book. You will also have the opportunity to direct questions to the author. 

Light Refreshment will be provided.

The event is co-organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Margaret River Press. 

Entrance is free. Click here to register  

PRESENTATION ROYAL WESTERN AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Book Reading / Wine and Cheese Evening -Thurday 22 August 5.30-7pm

Finding Jasper by Lynne Leonhardt

The Royal WA Historical Society’s Book Shop is hosting a book reading / wine and cheese evening for first-time SW author Lynne Leonhardt.  

Lynne Leonhardt will read from her historical fiction novel Finding Jasper, which is based in the South West of Australia and the city of Perth. This beautifully written novel follows three generations of women, from 1939 to the seventies, whose lives were all affected by the absence of Jasper - son, brother, husband and father, who was a pilot in the RAAF during World War II. The reading will be complemented by wine and cheese.

Bookings are essentialEntrance $5 donation at the door.

RSVP to: The Royal WA Historical Society (Inc.)

tel: 9386 3841    email: histwest@git.com.au          

website: www.histwest.org.au

SOUTH COAST WRITERS CENTRE

I will be appearing at the SOUTH COAST WRITERS CENTRE Gleniffer Brae on the corner of Hobsons Road and Murphys Ave, Keiraville NSW on Thursday 1 August 2013 between 11.00 am - 1.00 pm to talk about my book Finding Jasper

                   

GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT

This week I am guest writer on writer Annabel Smith's blog.

'Memorable books are a bit like memorable meals. It’s difficult to isolate them from the social, political and personal context in which they were consumed. Whether you enjoyed a book often depends on where you were, what you were doing and what was going on around you; in general, what food for thought your impoverished soul was hungering for at the time.   - See more at