By her own admission, the main reason Pam Hardgrave went to university in her 70s to study just one subject, in creative writing, was to see if her “brain still worked”.
Not only did she discover it worked particularly well, she kept studying and graduated in 2005 as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s “most mature-aged” student to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Communication).
Still not satisfied, she continued on to complete her Honours degree in Creative Writing last year.
Last week, the irrepressible writer launched her novella, Seesaw, a psychological thriller for young adults, at the Coolum Library.
Author and educator Bronwyn Cozens, who edited the book, said the four attributes needed to write a book were tenacity, talent, a sense of humour and determination. And all who know Pam agree she has all those qualities – in spades.
Pam paid tribute to Bronwyn and her partner.
“Without a few people like Bronwyn and my partner, Don, I wouldn’t be standing here before you today,” she said.
Pam read part of the first chapter of Seesaw, the title of which symbolises the highs and lows of the confused teenage character as well as the fluctuating scales of justice that rise and fall during her trial for murder.
To obtain a copy of Seesaw, phone 54716739.
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