Once a writer, always a writer: they’re always tapping away at something. That ‘something’ can be another work of fiction, but fiction is a long haul. It takes Pat at least two years to research, write and edit a novel, and that’s before the seemingly endless climb up the mountain of publication. So other projects pop up, either alongside some fiction, or instead of it. As her blog mentions, Pat’s been sucked into family history. She had no idea how interesting it could be – or, indeed, how very little she knew. That’s led her to other history-based projects, and to the delights of merging historical fact with fiction … and who knows where else? You can read about what she’s been up to lately on this page.

 

My Name is Joseph

On Australia Day 2019 Pat’s first play, My Name is Joseph, was given its first airing by an amateur group, and it was enthusiastically received by the 160-strong audience. Based on fact and told through the voices of four generations of one Australian family, the narrative provides a snapshot of the lives and loves of some ordinary people in this country between 1829 and 1997. The 40-minute production comprises nine segments in all, together with an introduction and a conclusion. The dialogue was recorded, and the graphics and music used on the day have been added to the audio file. This extract offers the first three segments of My Name is Joseph. If you are interested in the whole work, you are welcome to contact Pat directly.

THE FIRST FAMILY HISTORY

Pat first started digging up her mother’s family skeletons in mid 2017. It didn’t take long to get hooked, as surprise followed surprise – why didn’t she know all this??? She joined a very helpful family history society. Then she subscribed to Ancestry.com. About a year after she started, she began to stitch a narrative together in a little book just destined for the family, plus a few libraries. The collective story spans about 160 years, and came in at about 100 pages, including whatever photos she was able to lay her hands on. That’s when all these characters began jostling around in her head, demanding a bigger audience for their fascinating stories – stories that encapsulated the history of our state and our country. And that’s how My Name is Joseph was born.

Now she’s bracing herself for more revelations, when she gets in to her father’s side of the family. What will transpire from this? Watch this space!