Boolarong Press author, Lori Patrick, is an octogenarian who had 80 years' life experience before she published her first, and possibly not her last, book The Publican's Wife - From Milkmaid to Barmaid. An avid reader, Lori set about writing "a few notes" about her life about eight years before her book was published. The project was at first aimed at a limited readership - her two grandchildren - but as she wrote a few words, more started to tumble from her memory. First onto a note pad and eventually her laptop. Before she knew it, Lori had relived her life through memory and amassed 100,000 words. It was at this point she thought she should share this little project with others.
When Lori's not promoting her book, she's meeting up with people from her past who she has reconnected with through the book. Returning to Winton for the Writers’ Festival will be a highlight for Lori who spent many years living in the area. Most notable were her 14 years as "the publican's wife" to husband Barrie at the Blue Heeler Hotel in the small outback town of Kynuna, about 160km northwest of Winton.