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Lannah Sawers-Diggins


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Lannah Sawers-Diggins

'Red Dust Dreams'  - the book. Due to be published by Aurora House Publishing in Sydney just before Christmas 2016.  I am not sure if this is correct - the book has not been published yet but I am exposing it as much as possible anyway. It is non-fiction, it is about our mighty outback, focusing on the domestic side of the lives of the owners/managers and their families on 20 of our cattle and/or sheep stations spanning the nation. As a 60 year young grandmother, I have criss-crossed the outback of SA., NSW., Qld., the NT and WA, visiting all but three of these stations personally, meeting, chatting with, interviewing and photographing the owners/managers and their families and some staff conducting the research for the book. As mentioned, the book focuses on the domestic side of life out there and aspects involved include employment, education, entertainment, transport, infrastructure, mail, power, communication, shopping, groceries, milk, water supply (or lack therein) and so much more, right down to the nitty gritty such as sewerage and treatment/maintenance of same. There are three main aims for this book - to help try to raise awareness about the outback and life out there generally, to help educate many of those in our urban areas as well as overseas and also to help increase tourism. Several of the participating stations are station stays and some of their business details have been included. I have just begun doing media interviews for it, with more to come. Some are interested in the progress of the book, others only want to know about it once it has been published and released. I have also just been nominated for two awards for my efforts. In short, I am absolutely thriving on this - I have finally found my 'calling' in life - writing the outback. And yes I have considerable experience - I originate from the outback and would not change my background for anything.


 
 

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