Friday, January 21, 2022

Mount Gambier author tells ‘My Story’

Mount Gambier author, Graham Greenwood, will hold a book launch for his new autobiography ‘My Story’ next Thursday at Mount Gambier Library.

Graham’s 13th book takes the reader through various stages of his life, including 57 years working in newspapers.

“I always wanted to write and to be a newspaper reporter and despite average grades at school, the cards did fall my way and allowed me to realise my dream,” Mr Greenwood said.

Starting at The Border Watch newspaper in 1963, Graham moved through various positions in his newspaper career, progressing from a printer’s devil to a Linotype operator (typesetter) and then into journalism, sports editor, editor, manager, board director and chairman of the board.

“Readers will learn some of the behind the scene stories including the battles on various issues in a bid to get a better deal for the community and provide a vehicle for debate,” he said.

Throughout his newspaper career, Graham taught more than 400 cadet and senior journalists in a specially designed development course which he devised.

“One of the highlights of my career was being honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017 for my contribution in teaching and training of journalists around Australia,” Mr Greenwood said.

In his book, Graham also opens up about his private life; the torment of two failed marriages, raising a son as a single parent, along with sporting achievements and successes as a player and coach in cricket, baseball and basketball with many local tales to tell.

Bookings can be made by contacting Mount Gambier Library 8721 2540 or booking at www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/library under ‘Programs and Events’.

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