Author talk, Lyn Hughes explores the ups and downs of creative life in Flock

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by StreetCorner

This article has been written by Parramatta City Council

Lyn Hughes, the author of Flock, a seductive novel of family, love, destiny and wallpaper, will present a free author talk from 1pm on Wednesday 3 August at Parramatta City Library, Civic Place, Parramatta.

Set in 20th century Australia, Flock explores the joys and difficulties of living a creative life and tells a poignant and compelling story of love, wallpaper and family.

The book tells a story of Francis Sprigge and Lilian Powys who fall deeply in love, get married and move to the Blue Mountains to follow their dream of a creative life and starting a family. The plot unfolds 30 years later when their daughter Addie returns to the Blue Mountains to lead a small group of conservators in the restoration of a historic mansion.

As Addie peels back the layers of wallpaper, she begins to uncover the secrets of the house, the past resurfaces in unexpected ways and she learns much more about herself and her parents than she ever could have anticipated.

Born in Wales in 1952, Lyn spent 18 years in South Africa before settling in Australia in 1982. She has three novels under her belt including The Factory (1990), One Way Mirrors (1993) and The Bright House (2000).

"I've always loved wallpaper, even more so after researching and writing Flock. It astonished me, all the things I learned about it and about myself; it seems everyone has a wallpaper story,” Ms Hughes said.

Author talks are free to attend but bookings are essential by calling 9806 5159.

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