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Topic: BOOK(S) - Begins January 4 / Ends January 11 (01/04/18)
TITLE: Printed Literature
By Dorothy MOFFITT
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Living in the bush and homeschooled in my primary years, I did not have access to as many books as I did later. My mother obtained books posted from a nearby town library, including some children's novels like Dot and the Kangaroo. I found this story scary as I lived on the edge of the bush and could have been lost like the character the book.
We shared reading books sitting around the open fire on winter evenings. Before that my father read Uncle Rhemus books to our family. My grandfather read Rudyard Kipling Just So stories when we visited. Aunts sent books as gifts and I borrowed children’s novels from a neighbour's daughter. My love of books started in my childhood. When I attended school in my teens I was more often found in the school library than on the sporting field.
When I had pocket money I commenced buying my own books. Six shillings seems a ridiculous price today but the value of money was relevant.
When I moved to a new home I remember the bus driver remarking as he unloaded my suitcase of books, that the case contained bricks, not books.
I started keeping a diary in my high school days, which led to producing my own books.
In retirement I have produced my own books of poetry, illustrated travel; and recipes collected from church members, illustrated by my photos of historical buildings of my town.
My illustrated life story has been printed on my own printer and distributed to my children and sisters, and later on my website. Some of my writing has been printed in anthologies. My novels have yet to be upped to the required length and content. Meanwhile, I devour my regular bag of books from my municipal home library and lose myself in other people’s lives, sharing their joys and sorrows, and learning about other countries and cultures.
Those who do not read are missing an important part of life. In spite of TV and e-books, the printed page will endure for many generations. Braille and audio books bring the word to those who cannot see.
I cannot live in a world without books. They are an important part of my life. I have contributed to the mass of the written word by my published writing
As I viewed the Anne of Green Gables videos recently, I remembered how I loved to read LM Montgomery books. I also loved the Billabong books. The author Mary Grant Bruce came to my Melbourne school one day, which was a big thrill.
I have belonged to several writing groups where the members have published books so I know the authors. A friend published my first three books in her family garage print shop. I am hoping my grandson will get my latest poetry book printed in Asia.
Reading and writing is a privilege to which many in third world countries are only just being introduced. Many country children in my generation did not study beyond primary school. My husband was the only one in his family to attend high school. Popular magazines and newspapers are aimed at 12/14 age level. I have been privileged to be able to attend many adult education classes after high school. So books have been an important part of my life.
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