AWARD winning author Robin De Crespigny is in Ulladulla next week to talk about her critically-acclaimed book, The People Smuggler.
Hosted by the recently formed local Amnesty International group, Ms De Crespigny will be sharing the story behind her book with locals at the Ulladulla ExServos on Saturday, May 4.
A Sydney based film-maker, Ms De Crespigny spent three years working with Ali Al Jenabi to write his story for The People Smuggler.
Event organiser Sian Williamson, from the local Amnesty Group, said she hoped to see a good turnout of locals to hear Ms De Crespigny moving story.
“The book is based on a true story of an Iraqi refugee who became a people smuggler to try and save his family,” Ms Williamson said.
“Robin has won numerous awards for the book.
“She spent three years thoroughly researching this man and his history so it’s a big insight into this world.”
Ms Williamson said the day was not only a chance to hear from Robin, but it was a great chance for other interested locals to find out more about the Amnesty group.
The group recently started in the local area after the Amnesty International regional coordinator Bede Carmody noticed a strong response to Amnesty from the local area.
“There wre a lot of people signing up for different actions, joining petitions and making donations in the area,” Ms Williamson explained.
“The coordinator spotted this and reached out to ask if anyone was interested in forming a group.”
Ms Williamson said the group started from there and would love to welcome others.
“It’s a great way to become involved in current affairs, human rights and social justice,” Ms Williamson said.
A political science major, Ms Williamson said the group also had a retired doctor, teacher and behavioural therapist.
With varied backgrounds and beliefs amongst the members, group participants are guaranteed educated and diverse discussions.
Along with catching up to share information about Amnesty International’s efforts and discuss current affairs issues, the group hopes to host community events in the local area.
To find out more about the group, simply come along to the event on Saturday, May 4, or email email@example.com for more information.
Robin De Crespigny will discuss The People Smuggler at the ExServos Function Centre from 2pm on Saturday, May 4. Refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.
* Harbour Bookstore Ulladulla and the Times have a copy of Robin’s award winning book The People Smuggler to give away to one lucky reader. Email your full name and contact details to the Times at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop your details in an envelope in to the Times office upstairs in the Plaza, Ulladulla. Competition drawn Friday, May 3, at 12noon.