We are moving to Mort Street over Easter weekend and we have a lot to celebrate. The Mort Street shop front is bigger, it’s brighter, and it is the setting for a fabulous party.
With all this space, we’re able to partner with Lithgow City Council to promote local artists, like David Rawsthorne, who’s work will be the first displayed as part of the new venture. We will launch a collection of David’s photographs along with the launch of the Mort Street store on Thursday, 24 April at 6pm.
David Rawsthorne has taken a selection of old photographs taken in Lithgow and re-shot in modern Lithgow in black and white in roughly the same spot, with a similar field of view.
Come see David’s photographs on display in the Mort Street store.
The party doesn’t stop there. Many local authors will be in attendance at our launch night.
Kim Kelly, an honorary local, who’s written about Lithgow in her novel Black Diamonds, will be there to tell us why she love Lithgow and give us a sneak peak at her new book The Blue Mile, out this May.
Kim captures the beauty of New South Wales in a historical setting, and bringing that world to life with vivid descriptions and complex characters. Her stories always have romance, history, and a lot of heart.
Kelly’s first book, Black Diamonds is set in 1914 Lithgow. It is a love story between a young socialist coalminer, Daniel and Francine, a bourgeois mine-owner’s daughter, who are separated by The Great War. Written with the freshness and humour you’d expect from a Central West author.
The Blue Mile is a story about ordinary people dreaming large – a Harbour Bridge labourer and a dressmaker. It’s a story inspired by and brimming with love for my grandparents, wondering what their world was like in 1930s Sydney. Her publisher, Pan Macmillan, has chosen The Blue Mile as a leading title for next year.
It is always a treat to have Kim in the shop, and we’re so glad she was available so close to the launch of her new book to join us on the 24th.
Local author and Historical archaeologist, Ray Christison, will also be in attendance. Ray has interests in mining and industrial history. His latest book, Baal Bone Colliery: A History was our biggest seller this past Christmas. It makes a great gift for the historian or mining enthusiast in your life. Perhaps something to put on your list for Father’s Day.
Ray will be on hand to talk about local history and sign your copy of any one of his four books. We’ve rarely met anyone so knowledgeable about local history, and we’re so pleased he’ll be able to join the party.
Illustrator and historian John Barnes will round out the trio of local authors. John’s beautiful illustrations that depict many of our favourite places around Lithgow are available in his book Proud Valley as well as postcard and prints. Paul sent two prints of Blast Furnace Park and Hoskin’s Church to my parents as a gift last year, and they were thrilled and surprised to have a little piece of Lithgow in their home.
Come to our launch, on Thursday, 24 April at 6pm and meet all these amazing people. There will be prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had. We can’t wait to see you and share the start of our next chapter.