Title: Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry & Watercolours
Author: ATHERTON / WILKINSON (EDS)
Illustrator: MCMANUS SIERRA (ILL)
Publication date: 01/10/2021
Imprint: HUNTER PUBLISHERS
Publishing status: Active
Memory Book: Portraits of Older Australians in Poetry and Watercolours shares and
celebrates the fascinating life stories of everyday Australians.
Based on one-on-one interviews with forty-five participants, the fifteen poets involved in
this project have shaped poems that provide unique and lasting remembrances of the
experiences, memories and reflections of members of our older generations.
Each poet was tasked with writing in a mode that seemed appropriate for conveying their
subject’s stories. Some poems focus on a significant moment, while others provide a wider
life narrative. The poems capture important stories of travel and work, family and milestones,
achievements and struggles; they provide humble advice to younger generations, learned
through circumstance, curiosity, or necessity.
The poems are paired with watercolour portraits by artist Sierra McManus.