Through the breakdown of her marriage, rural writer, country girl and environmental entrepreneur Rachael Treasure lost her family farm in Tasmania’s rugged wilderness, and lost her way in life and book lovers are being invited to hear what has become an uplifting testimony.
Kalamunda Library is hosting a free author talk as Treasure discusses her book Down the Dirt Road this month.
Treasure says by going down the dirt road she discovered another set of stories about country life in Australia.
Nourishing and sustaining, her new memoir presents a practical and positive vision of what life on our land could become.
The author lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children and she is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock.
Her first novel Jillaroo published in 2002, has grown to become one of Australia’s iconic works of fiction, inspiring other country women to contribute to the genre of contemporary rural literature.
She has written several bestselling books and she was the brainchild behind the $1-a-week rental campaign for houses in her rural area.
The initiative attracted international attention, saved her local school and sparked similar programs in other struggling rural towns across Australia.
Treasure says all her experiences are woven into her latest novel to inspire other farmers to care more for their soil health, thereby delivering healthy food to Australian families.
“After many years of reading, mentoring from others and meditation, I deliberately focus my attention on joy in everything I do but it hasn’t always been this way,” she said.
“My sensitivity as a creative being has also led me to great pain, anxiety, chronic depression and illness but this too has been a gift.
“Divorce and losing everything materialist- ic, including a place on my family farm has also been one of my greatest lessons and a gift, hard though that journey has been.
“I can’t ‘show’ you how I got through those events, but I can outline a small portion of the people, places, books that helped me and continue to help me along my wonderful path.
“The rest is up to you to find your inner Cowgirl or inner Cowboy so you can lead the magnificent life you were sent here to lead.”
The Down the Dirt Road author talk will be held on Monday November 14 from 10.15am to 11.45am.
Light refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential. Copies of Down the Dirt Road will also be available for purchase and author signing.
For more information go to www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/libraries.