A collection of short stories based loosely on events in the life of its north coast author is set to be launched at Lismore Library tomorrow.
Impressions on a QWERTY keyboard, by Meg Heggen, explores life as an everlasting mother and one-time wife on the northern rivers.
Interspersed with travel journeys through Vietnam and central Australia with a camera in hand, it provides opportunities to muse on the place photographs take and hold in capturing, sealing and jogging memories. Yet images can conceal as much as they reveal…
Meg Heggen was born in Sydney in 1950. Educated at Fort Street GHS and Balmain Teachers’ College, she began teaching at Fairfield before moving to Federal (far north coast NSW) with her husband and two sons in 1980.
Living on a property on Coopers Creek and teaching in Bangalow, she spent much time commuting to Lismore where she settled in 2004 as a divorcee and carer of her elder son.
In 2009 she attained a BA (Hons) in Writing and Narrative Studies at SCU. Developing a passion for place, and a concern for the muffling of the Indigenous voice, Dreaming of more than Foxtails: A Melancholic Narrative Negotiating the Antipodean Experience of Settlement in Lismore NSW became her first public offering as a somewhat lyrical examination of the implications of whitefella settlement on pre-occupied land without due regard.
She has two further projects brewing.
Meg’s book launch takes place on Thursday 24 May, 5.30pm, at Lismore Library, 10 Magellan Street, Lismore.
No booking necessary.