WRITEFEST: Evie Rae and husband Rob.
WRITEFEST: Evie Rae and husband Rob. Contributed

Tales of history and true romance

THERE are many reasons why people write memoirs - journeys of fame, adventure and soul-searching are common topics.

Evie Rae writes because of a promise.

A Gin Gin local, Mrs Rae promised her ailing husband Rob that she would finish his memoir.

Rob died last year and her motivation led her to WriteFest's memoir-writing workshop.

"He tried several times to find a publisher," Mrs Rae said.

"As an ordinary man he did some extraordinary things but his writing is very technical.

"I'd like to add the empathy, in my own words, to make it a memoir written by both of us."

Mrs Rae said she was passionate about the memoir her husband started writing for good reason.


FOR US: Evie Rae is determined to finish writing her husband Rob's memoirs.
FOR US: Evie Rae is determined to finish writing her husband Rob's memoirs. Contributed


Born in New Zealand, he moved to the UK with his engineer father then joined the British Royal Navy at 16 years of age.

When HMS Exeter went down in the Second World War, he was kept a prisoner of war by the Japanese for four years.

"He then became a master mariner but his dream was always to write," Mrs Rae said.

"He wrote for boating magazines but his memoir has historical importance.

"I'm hoping the workshop with Helena Pastor will give me the tools to finish what Rob started."

While creating a memoir of naval war history, Mrs Rae said she also wanted to add the heart and fill in the details about their romance.

"I opened Seclusions Cafe in Targo St and at the time I had sworn off men," she said.

"But Rob came in wanting a salad sandwich and it was love at first sight.

"He was 27 years my senior but it didn't matter, we were meant to be."

Surrounded by boxes of paperwork and tapes of Rob's voice recordings, Mrs Rae said she was determined to sift through it all and finish the memoir.

"I'd like this to be a memoir written by both of us. I'm motivated to kick-start the process," she said.

WriteFest is Bundaberg's annual writers' and readers' event held as part of the Crush Festival.

To learn about workshops and book tickets, visit www.crushfestivalqld.com.au/writefest-2017 or call Creative Regions on 4153 1218.

Crush Festival is a Bundaberg Regional Council event managed by Creative Regions with the support of Presenting Partner Tourism and Events Queensland.

Creative Regions is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

What's on at WriteFest

WRITEFEST is a creative feast this year.

With an impressive line-up of award-winning and best-selling authors, including acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate Arnold Zable, WriteFest is one of the many exciting events on offer as part of Crush Festival 2017.

Events coming up:

Keynote speaker

Saturday, Oct 7


Acclaimed Australian writer Arnold Zable for this compelling address on the humanising power of story

Panel: Write What You Dare Not Say

Saturday, Oct 7


Arnold Zable, Helena Pastor and Madonna Chesham


Saturday, Oct 7


Writing for Children with Aleesah Darlinson


Memoir: Writing from the heart with Helena Pastor


Transmedia Storytelling with Cini Drennan


Suspense through Structure with Edwina Shaw


Sunday, Oct 8


Anatomy of a Novel with Amanda Hampson


Transmedia Storytelling with Cindi Drennan


Songwriting with Helena Pastor


Writing Dialogue with Edwina Shaw


Sunday, Oct 8


The Art of Story with Arnold Zable


Creating Rounded Character with Rachel Bailey

Panel: Writer in the Regions

Sunday, Oct 8


Kat Apel, Sandy Curtis (pictured) and J. L Addicoat

For tickets, www.crushfestivalqld.com.au.

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