Guest speaker: Jane Smith on “The Emigrant”
Jane Smith is a Toowoomba librarian, author, freelance editor and former physiotherapist who enjoys researching and writing about history – fiction and non-fiction, for children and for adults. Jane has written a series of five children’s non-fiction books about bushrangers, a biography of Captain Starlight (for adults) and the first eight episodes of the children’s historical fiction series, ‘Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy’. Three of her children’s books have been short- or long-listed for significant literary awards. Jane’s latest work, Ship of Death: The Tragedy of the Emigrant, combines her fascination for history with her interest in the beautiful Stradbroke Island.