Carol Astbury, Author
Carol Astbury was born in England and settled in Western Australia in February 1972.
Carol was one of the first marriage celebrants appointed in Australia. Through her work she learned to develop the art of storytelling and used these skills to craft deeply rewarding, personalised marriage and funeral ceremonies for her clients.
She is a member of Katherine Susannah Prichard Writing Centre and has been a participant in ‘Write-a-book-in-a-day’ 2008 – 2023 and a regular contributor to KSP Anthologies 2009– 2022.
Carol is passionate about her first novel: ‘Remembrance of Love and War’. The story reflects the life of her grandfather and covers the turbulent years of the First World War. A story of love, sacrifice and triumph, it encompasses the societal upheaval and endurance of families as well as the brutal realities of war.
Currently, she is writing a novel set in Mandoon, a story based on true events which starts in 1826 and will end in present time. She is also working on collating an anthology of short stories she has written in the genre ‘Australian Gothic‘. These stories are based on her personal work experience as an Outback Tour cook … ‘Yes, quite out of character, but I have splendid memories,’ she said. Carol spent a couple of years in this role, travelling through the Kimberley, Northern Territory and along the Eyre Peninsular. During this time, she met many locals who were kind enough to share their stories and history of these remote locations.
Carol facilitates a writing group at Guildford Library on alternative Monday mornings. She lives in Woodbridge, WA with husband, Jim, and adored dog, Gracie (the Groodle). Apart from her love of writing, she enjoys watercolour painting, and volunteering for the National Trust where she acts as a guide at Woodbridge House.
Grace, a nurse in France during World War One, finds herself in a forbidden situation.
Tom, an officer in the Hussars, fights valiantly but is captured in the early months of the war.
Grace leaves France in 1918 to work in a repatriation hospital and tends to a patient with severe physical and mental trauma, with no memory of what has happened to him. When Grace’s brother visits the hospital, he recognises the patient as his childhood friend, Tom.
Based on a true story, Remembrance of Love and War is a commanding historical novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey of love, sacrifice and ultimate triumph. The story encompasses the societal upheaval and endurance of families and the brutal realities of war.
Carol’s Author Talks and Presentations
‘I am always delighted to offer an Author Talk to groups, clubs and organisations.’
Carol is available to present at all Perth metropolitan libraries, festivals, book clubs and writing and community groups in Perth metropolitan area. She is also happy to travel further afield subject to travel time. Preferred days for presentation are Saturdays through to Wednesdays each week. Available at all reasonable hours between 10am to 6pm.
Carol has prepared a PowerPoint presentation (with photos and maps) of the background to the story and research undertaken. She recommends three readings from the book with time for Q&As, general discussion about the subject matter and book, and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy at a special groups’ rate of $25 per copy.
‘Please contact me if you are interested. I do not charge for a presentation, in the hope that a few members will be happy to buy a copy of my book.’
Upcoming Author Talks 2024
‘Talkie Tea Time’ event. Saturday 6th March from 2.30pm
Ascension Church Hall, Midland, WA. Enquiries email@example.com
U3A Armadale. Tuesday 19th March from 10am
Evelyn Gribble Community Centre, Armadale. Enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org