After the Event: At the Going Down of the Sun

We were promised something a bit different and special at this Words with Wine Author Talk, and that is exactly what we got!

Roleystone Theatre actors Bree Hartley & Michael Forman in costume and character read a series of letters from the debut novel of Linda J Bettenay “Secrets Mothers Keep”.  Linda’s sensitive narration set the scene and the letters told a poignant story.  There were more than a few people dabbing their eyes as the horror of war, the suffering of distance and the pain of relationships unfolded. A highlight of the performance was the original live music played by Linda’s brother, guitarist Kim Bettenay. It introduced the performance and then gave meaningful pause time as the story progressed. This time was needed to digest both the vast backdrop of the narrative and the intensely personal revelations of the characters.

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. The City of South Perth began its commemoration with our 2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service and the performance of At The Going Down of the Sun continues the program we have organised for the next four years.

This link will take you to a You Tube short clip of the performance  at Roleystone Theatre in 2013 At the Going Down of the Sun

Many thanks to Linda, her husband, brother and the actors from Roleystone Theatre for an evening of wonderful entertainment.

Linda and Tamara

Author Linda Bettenay and Tamara (City of South Perth Libraries Events Officer)

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive:

Well done, most enjoyable. Kind regards Val

Thank you very much for a very enjoyable night, it was a lovely idea to have actors they really make the book come alive. Looking forward to relaxing and having a good read. Kind regards  Dorothy

Just to say a big Thanks for hosting such an enjoyable and entertaining evening at the library last night. You put a lot of effort into the night and it was very much appreciated. I look forward to more author talks in the months to come.Warm regards Sue

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  1. Thanks You South Perth!!!! We really enjoyed ourselves at South Perth performing At The Going Down Of The Sun. What a wonderful, welcoming audience and Tamara Lampard could not have been more helpful. We will definitely return when my next book is out – Wishes For Starlight.
    Linda Bettenay and her team

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