A CAPTIVATING new historical novel by award winning author Claire Scobie was recently launched at the Manning Regional Art Gallery. The story explores life in eighteenth century India through the eyes of a temple dancing girl called Maya. The result is a beautiful novel about forbidden love and destiny at a time when India was in a state of upheaval with the growing dominance of the British. War was on the horizon.
Born in England and a Cambridge graduate, Claire Scobie has lived and worked in the UK, India and now Sydney. She writes for a number of well-known publications, has taught journalism and frequently conducts writers workshops across Australia. She also moderates at author`s events and literary festivals and has recently completed a Doctorate of Creative writing at the University of Western Sydney. The Pagoda Tree is her second book.
The Taree NSW Regional launch followed the Sydney launch in June of this year. When officially launching the book at the Art Gallery local personality and president of Arts Mid North Coast Mave Richardson AM PSM, thanked Claire for choosing Taree for her regional launch. Both Claire and her husband Aden Ridgway are familiar with the Manning Valley and were delighted to be back in Taree and the Manning.
Mave hailed the book as “An amazing work of fine literature. Not only is Claire a gifted story teller but massive research has clearly gone into bringing the story to life. The finite detail conjures up images of vastly different cultures, both Indian and British.”
The event was hosted by the Manning Winter Festival Committee. In her address to the gathering, committee representative and treasurer, Catherine Jeffree, took the opportunity to publicly announce the Manning Winter Festival dates for next year which will be from June 14 to 29 . She encouraged everyone to get involved with the programme of events in 2014. New Committee and Manning Winter Festival Association members are also very welcome.
Copies of “the Pagoda Tree” can be obtained by contacting the Penguin Group [Australia] on
02 8204 3316 or publicist email: email@example.com