Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:53

A lifetime of writing

More than 80 family and friends gathered in the Marjorie Russell room at Huon Regional Care last Saturday for the launch of Rose Webster's first work of collected poetry - Home and Heartstrings.

Rose, now aged 92, has been writing poetry and keeping journals for her entire life, the collection of 380 poems range from Drifting Dreams, written in 1944 when Rose was just 18 years old about her brother who was a soldier in World War II, to a poem written just a few weeks ago about her eldest surviving son.

Rose, widowed twice, has eight children (six surviving), 39 grandchildren and 74 great grandchildren and is a much-loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She has known much hardship throughout her life, losing her first husband at age 35, with her youngest son only three months old, she has faced both financial and emotional obstacles with equal parts dignity and determination, and her writing has been a constant throughout.

Daughter of Rose's third son, Robert, Annabelle Watson was instrumental in getting the collection of poetry finally published, working as Rose's publisher over the last three and a half months.

"We just went on the iPad and Googled how to publish your poems," said Annabelle.

With financial sponsorship to assist with publishing costs from Tami Wilson, Rose and Annabelle were able to concentrate on organising the poems into 12 different themes over many, many hours of painstaking work.

"Rose has always had a love of literature and poetry," said Annabelle.

"Although she left school early to work, she has continued to read and educate herself her whole life.

"It was more than her flow, it was the content of her verses, the wisdom, inspiration, encouragement and guidance she offers that made me feel very strongly that her work must be shared. 

"Her poetry reflects her deep empathy for humanity and her great love of nature."

The book is also scattered with illustrations drawn by Rose's family members.

Various members of Rose's family did readings at the book launch.

Eldest surviving son Rick read The Old GMC, a poem about much more than a truck, son Vince read The Bush Hut about Rose's father, George Woolley and Annabelle Read Drifting Dreams, the first poem in the collection about Rose's brother fighting in World War II.

Limited copies of Home and Heartstrings are available, if you would like to purchase a copy, please contact Emma Martyn on 0404 815 669 or by email to emma.martyn@yahoo.com