Katherine E. Seppings

Art, Photography, Writing

Category: Editing

The Illustrator Book Launch

A successful launch of The Illustrator by Jill Barclay at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.
The Illustrator, which I edited, designed and published with Sevenpens, is available for purchase from https://jillbarclaybooks.

The Illustrator is based on Jill Barclay’s real grandmother, a woman who just disappears. All her life Eileen is sure of one thing – her love of drawing and the desire to be a commercial artist. In the 1920s, Eileen’s talents are well recognised in the Goulburn Valley where she is a farmer’s daughter, but this is a place and time when women can only be wives, mothers and homemakers. A woman choosing a career over her husband and baby is unheard of.

‘Written with an acute eye for the period and a sympathy for the distressing choices a woman might be forced to make The Illustrator offers an alternative history for being female and not ordinary in the first half of last century.’   Helen Elliott

Time and place are brilliantly evoked in Jill Barclay’sThe Illustrator, which opens in rural Victoria and moves on to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The novel traces the unpredictable life journey of a young woman who resists conventional expectations. Deftly shaped and written with imaginative power, this haunting novel confronts us with the mystery of a self-driven personality.’   Brenda Niall

Jill Barclay’s The Illustrator demonstrates such richness of imagination, the writing is evocative and full of charm, and the story crackles with unforgettable moments – I was immediately transported.’    Louise Swinn

The Illustrator could well reflect Miles Franklin’s character Sybylla Melvyn who turns her back on an offer of a marriage in order to travel and write.‘ Dianne Demspey

 

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‘Nothing to Cry About’ launch

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A joyous celebration for Joan Atherton Hooper’s memoir
Nothing to Cry About
edited and published by Katherine Seppings. Launched by Dr Paul Monk, PhD essayist and poet; emcee author Dr Lynne Kelly, at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.
Available at Stonemans Bookroom, Castlemaine, and from http://joanathertonhooper.com/