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7 - WW1 inspired author visit

Author Jane Austin
Author Jane Austin

A debut author, inspired by family letters sent home from the Western Front, will visit Halesowen Library later this month.

‘News from Nowhere’ is the moving debut novel by Jane Austin about the lives of the Roberts family living in Bangor, North Wales and the terrible impact of World War One and their battle with the War itself.

The Liverpool-born writer will visit Halesowen library on Wednesday March 22 from 2pm to talk about how she was inspired to write her debut title by a collection of family letters.

Jane’s own grandmother, Elizabeth Dewi Roberts, first published the letters in 1983 in a slim volume titled ‘Witness These Letters’.  The letters were written to family members in Bangor and vividly describe the torments of the trenches and battlefield as well as life as a prisoner of war. 

It was this connection to her family history that gave Jane the inspiration to create a story about the lives of Bronwyn and her three brothers, Huw, Glyn and Aubrey and her father who all leave to serve on the Western Front.

Councillor Rachel Harris, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said:

“I’m pleased we’re able to welcome Jane to the library and give visitors the opportunity to find out more about how she was inspired to put pen to paper by her family history.  Copies of Jane’s book will be available to borrow from our libraries.”

Jane is now writing her second novel and has previously written a short story ‘Les Petites Curies’ which was published in a Cinnamon Press anthology, ‘The Day I Met Vini Reilly’.

Tickets for this event are £3 and include tea, coffee and cake.  To book call 01384 812980.

To find out more about library services go to www.dudley.gov.uk/libraries

News Release Contact Information

Press office, 01384 815219, pressoffice@dudley.gov.uk