Author of “Pixie Dust” – a true story that engages you on how life was in the outback of Australia in the 1950s. This story will give you an understanding of how tough it was, and how navigating it with humour was the only way to survive.
Bronwyn and her siblings had a step-mother who hated them, and a father who was mostly absent working hard in his copper mine. They developed ways to cope, which almost always ended in comedic outcomes.
The story reflects on what would have been an extremely tough living environment for 5 young siblings, and the situations they created to survive.
Finalist in the Newcastle Herald Short Story Competition - 2018 and 2020
Bronwyn is a retired music teacher and although interested in writing during her school years, didn't begin to write seriously until her retirement.
She lives in Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia and when not writing, dabbles in watercolours, acrylics, photography, and gardening.
During her working life, she has been a governess, cleaner, waitress, punch card operator, creative costume designer, secretary, and for a brief period - a cook on the Nullarbor.
She played the piano and learned music from a young age, which leads her to her most successful career; a music teacher. Bronwyn taught piano, guitar, musicianship, and vocals for over 30 years due to her ability to excite her students on the love of music.
She enjoys relaxing with a good mystery and a glass of red.
Bronwyn is the mother of 3, and a grandmother of 6.
This is her first book.
How do children survive a mother's abandonment and a stepmother's cruelty in an outback town in the 1950s? With imagination, a strong sibling bond, and humourous adventures, they escape a bleak home life. This book will take you on a comical and poignant journey.
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This wonderful story had me laughing out loud one moment and tearing up the next. A highly recommended, really entertaining read.
The Hunter Writers Centre