Small Press Network publishes a spotlight on ‘Living In Hope’ in the lead up to the announcement of the winner of #MUBA18 on 22 November 2018. The judges comment, “Told in simple but powerful language, the story is one that all Australians should read to understand the impact of the Stolen Generations on individual lives. Byrne writes: “I still have memories of my life at Christmas Creek before I was taken away.” He writes fondly about his time with his extended family in the Kimberley, hunting kangaroos with his stepfather, visiting his mother’s family at Fitzroy Crossing and hiding in a cave during World War 2. But then he was taken from his parents and left to fend for himself. It is heartbreaking to read his words: “I was only six years old and had to survive the best way I could.”” To read more, click here.
It was one year ago today that Frank Byrne sadly passed away. He may not be with us any longer, but his voice continues to resonate with heart-felt wisdom and powerful resilience. Ptilotus Press pays our deep respect and condolences to the immediate Byrne family, extended families, friends and community. We will dedicate this week to remembering him; his life, his story and his intent determination to pass ‘Living In Hope’ to the future generations.
“Frank Byrne was a gentleman in every sense. He spoke softly with great authority about those things he knew of stock work, family and resilience and much much more. He loved his family and wanted to share with them his journey to give them a sense of perspective of “living with hope” as he had managed to do despite the adversity he had faced. He was a lovely singer and musician and we very much enjoyed the nights he’d sing with us and friends. He is deeply missed by his families and friends” (Jo Dutton – author and founding member of Ptilotus Press).
Photo by Chris Hallet, 18 August 2015. On the road between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.
Ptilotus Press title ‘Living In Hope’ by Frank Byrne has been shortlisted for the Most Underrated Book Award 2018 (#MUBA2018). The winner of the award will be announced by the Small Press Network (SPN) at their Independent Publishing Conference in Melbourne on 22 November 2018. Members of the Byrne family, co-authors Gerard Waterford & Frances Coughlan along with Ptilotus Press will travel from Mparntwe/Alice Springs to attend the MUBA 2018 ceremony.
Earlier this year, ‘Living In Hope’ won Best Non-Fiction Territory Read Award 2018. It is a powerful childhood memoir and story of resilience by a survivor of the Stolen Generations.
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Review of ‘Living in Hope’ titled ‘‘A memoir of finding things, not just losing them’ by Tim Rowse for Alice Springs News Online.
8 August 2018.
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31 July 2018.
Announcement of Living In Hope as the winner of the ‘Best Non-Fiction’ category of the 2018 Territory Read Award.
To read more, click here. 30 July 2018.
Trevor Byrne and Delphene Byrne (pictured centre) accept ‘Best Non-Fiction’ award for ‘Living In Hope’ on behalf of their father and grandfather Frank Byrne at the 2018 Territory Read Awards in Darwin on 29 July 2018. Photo: NT Writer’s Centre.
Interview with Trevor Byrne (son of author Frank Byrne), Frances Coughlan (co-author) and Fiona Dorrell (NT Writer’s Centre) about ‘Living In Hope’ and its selection for the 2018 Territory Read Shortlist. 13 June 2018.
The Centralian Advocate publishes an article on the Inland Writers Series call for submissions. To access the .pdf of this article, click here. 5 June 2018.
Public service announcement on 8CCC 102.1 FM Community Radio Alice Springs & Tennant Creek for submissions to the Inland Writers Series. 16 May 2018.
Leni Shilton speaks to 783 ABC Alice Springs about Ptilotus Press, the Inland Writers Series and current call for submissions. 11 May 2018.