Allison Marlow Paterson
Allison is the author of Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, a moving account of the experience of her ancestors during WWI, a story based on the 500 letters written by her grandfather and his four brothers from the battlefields of Europe. Anzac Sons has been longlisted in the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards.
Allison’s interest in the service of her ancestors began when she was studying to become a teacher. She used a selection of their letters to complete an assignment. The dream to honour her grandfather and his four brothers by sharing their story was ignited. Thirty years later she fulfilled that dream when her non-fiction title Anzac Sons: the Story Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars was published by Big Sky Publishing for the young adult and adult market. As a teacher-librarian, Allison wished to share the story of her ancestors with the children she teaches. The idea for Anzacs Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front became a reality and she now appreciates the opportunity to read their story to a younger generation.
The picture book Granny’s Place is a fiction story based on the author’s childhood memories of her much-loved grandparents, the joy of the family gatherings on their small farm in central Victoria and her own reflections on the changes that life brings. Shearing Time will be released by Big Sky Publishing in October, 2016.
Allison grew up on a farm near Pyramid Hill, the small Victorian town where she was born. She travelled 40 kilometres to school at Kerang on an ancient bus – top speed 65 kph. She loved shearing time and collecting mushrooms in the winter. She now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast where she cannot tell if the wild mushrooms are safe to eat or not! When she is not reading, reviewing children’s books, writing or planning a holiday (anywhere will do!) she can be found on a long walk at the beach or cooling off in the pool.
Allison Marlow Paterson - Submissions
- Where's That Cat? by Allison Paterson Feb - 2018
- June 1915, Mologa (fiction sample) by Allison Paterson May - 2016