AUTHOR: Shirley Chalmers will be selling her memoirs Broken Buttons at the Mary Valley Show on Saturday, August 19 to help raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
AUTHOR: Shirley Chalmers will be selling her memoirs Broken Buttons at the Mary Valley Show on Saturday, August 19 to help raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.

Shirley's memoirs a way to give back

IT'S been a roller-coaster 12 months for Shirley Chalmers.

The Gympie author published her life story before being diagnosed in April last year with thyroid cancer which had metastised to her brain.

After months of radical treatment, Shirley has just this week received a good report from her specialists.

Her cancer experience has given her the desire to help with fundraising for Cancer Foundation Queensland, which will benefit from the sale of Shirley's memoirs Broken Buttons at the Mary Valley Show on Saturday, August 19.

Shirley's parents Arnie and Alice Borg owned a dairy farm at Imbil when she was born in Gympie in 1947, so there is much local interest in her book.

Her journey takes readers through south-east Queensland and interstate, firstly to Melbourne then on to other capital cities.

Moving from country to city then back again to the beautiful Queensland countryside, Shirley and her husband Nigel now live happily in Gympie.

Mary Valley Show patrons can chat with Shirley on Saturday, buy her book for half price of $10 or make a donation to Cancer Council Queensland.

There will be another opportunity to meet Shirley at a Meet the Author morning tea at Gympie Library at 10am on Thursday, August 24.

Shirley will talk about her writing experiences and provide practical advice on writing in general. Her talk will be followed by a time of sharing over morning tea.

Broken Buttons will be for sale on the morning for $20 with all proceeds, plus any donations, once again going to the cancer council.

Bookings for the Meet the Author event are essential and can be made by phoning the library on 5481 0859 or emailing library@gympie.qld.gov.au

In 2013, Shirley Chalmers received an Elyne Mitchell Rural Writing Awards Harper Collins Memoir Category short story award for her The Onion Picker's Daughter, which is a chapter in Broken Buttons.

She also received a Very Highly Commended in the Maida Hamlin Harris poetry award for her poem Rainbow Lorikeets.

She currently has two books of poetry waiting to be published.