Friday, January 18, 2013

Dean Mayes To Feature On Adelaide's 5AA Radio

I am pleased to be able to share the news that this coming Saturday, 26th January, 2013 here in Australia, I will be the in studio guest on Adelaide 5aa's Weekends Program with Ali Rodda from 6PM.

We will be discussing my newly released novel "Gifts of the Peramangk", my writing journey and also my career as a Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse. 

Listeners will be able to live stream the interview from 6PM Australian Central Summer Time by pointing their browsers to and clicking on the listen live button.

For listeners in the United States, tune in on Friday 25th of January from 11:30PM (PST), Saturday 26th January from 1:30AM Central and Saturday 26th January from 2:30AM Eastern.

Listeners in the United Kingdom can tune in from 7:30AM Saturday 26th January GMT. 

My new novel Gifts of the Peramangk is a sprawling Australian saga that takes place across two time periods in the harsh Australian Outback and the struggle streets of its suburban fringe. 

In 1950's Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and family and put to work on an isolated, outback station, in the cruellest of conditions. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her in secret by a kind-hearted white woman - the wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship, abuse, and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter, Ruby, plays the violin with a passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst abject poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice, with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor, and with his help, Ruby embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a once in a life time chance for a brighter future. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

I do hope you can listen in and I thank you in advance. 


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