High profile author Jacqueline Kent will be the Friends of Kiama Library guest on Saturday 3 March in Kiama Family History Centre in Railway Parade at 2.30pm.
She will talk about her biography The Making of Julia Gillard, an insightful and very readable story of our first woman prime minister. The book describes Gillard’s Adelaide childhood, her time as a student activist, her battles to enter Parliament, her significant legislative achievements, her tumultuous time in office – and its abrupt ending.
Jacqueline Kent was born in Sydney and grew up there and in Adelaide. Originally trained as a radio journalist and broadcaster, she has been a book editor and occasional reviewer. Among many other editorial jobs over about fifteen years, she has edited the memoirs of Susan Ryan and Tom Uren, worked with Lindy Chamberlain in preparing her book, and imposed order, form and structure on the prose of Graham Richardson. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Her own writing includes young adult fiction as well as social history and biography. A Certain Style, Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life, was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award and won the 2002 National Biography Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award. Her An Exacting Heart, The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin was also shortlisted for a number of awards. The Making of Julia Gillard, her most recent book published by Penguin Viking in September 2009, was revised and updated twice under the title of The Making of Julia Gillard Prime Minister.
Jacqueline’s talk will be followed by afternoon tea, and all are welcome at a donation of $5 for members of Friends of Kiama Library and $8 for visitors.