This has been a particularly busy couple of weeks. It always is when I have a new book coming out. However, last Sunday I attended the thirtieth anniversary of the closure of Perth's historic afternoon newspaper launched in 1882, the Daily News. Losing advertising to television and coupled with the decline in commuters on public transport the afternoon paper found it difficult to survive and finally closed on the 21st of September 1990. I worked on the paper for four years and was devastated by it's demise. Still am. But swapping treasured memories with my former colleagues brought back a very special time in my life and helped me lay a ghost.
ANN MASSEY, was born in 1945 and grew up in the harsh environment of a council estate in the industrial north of England. Brought up on stories of the bleak living conditions in Lancashire before World War 11, her new book SALVATION JANE grapples with the emergence of the working poor in Australia. Ann lives in Perth , Western Australia.