Talk of many things: book launch at Kempsey Library

Media Release - 26 June 2012

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Kempsey Library invites you to meet Sue Johnson, also known by her Buddhist name Viryadana, who will talk about her memoir Talk of Many Things on Thursday 5 July, from 4:30pm. Sue is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and lives in a Buddhist community, Naganaga Vihara, west of Kempsey.

The idea of being a writer was a long held dream for Sue but it was not until her mid-fifties that she made a start. Asked to write a one page summary of her life when she requested to join the Order, she embarked on a somewhat larger project – her memoir!

Sue writes of the joys of a childhood spent among beaches and boats and mountains, of the kindness of many people and the not so kind actions of a few, and of the misunderstanding resulting from an undiagnosed physical handicap. Off-setting these early experiences are accounts of life with a cantankerous and elderly cat, Pussa, and descriptions of living and writing in a rented cottage in the beach-side settlement of Ettalong, north of Sydney.

Sue is well known at the Kempsey Library through her work as a library volunteer and as a “Living Book”. Her gentle and quiet nature reflects her deep spirituality and her library talk promises to be both interesting and inspiring.

To RSVP for this event, or for enquiries please phone the library on 6566 3210 or email ksclibrary@kempsey.nsw.gov.au Light refreshments will be provided and copies of Talk of many things will be available for purchase.