Making News
24/11/2020
What happens when your father becomes your Enemy

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Award-winning Australian author Ruth Clare will speak in Frankston tomorrow as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign aimed at promoting a violence-free Victoria.

Ms Clare’s debut memoir, Enemy, tells of her childhood with her violent Vietnam veteran father. Later, as a parent herself and fearing she might be doomed to repeat her father’s domineering and aggressive behaviour, Ms Clare spoke to other veterans in a bid to understand the effects that war and the subsequent return to civilian life had on them, ultimately gaining an empathy for her father. Described as “a daughter’s story of how her father brought the Vietnam War home”, Enemy won the 2017 Asher Literary Award from the Australian Society of Authors. 

Ruth Clare’s free online talk is from 12.30-1.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the author. Bookings are essential.

Frankston City Council has joined the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership, Respecting Seniors Network, South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Zonta Club of Melbourne South East, and Chisholm Institute Frankston to promote the 16DoA campaign. Respecting Seniors Network member Marg Darcy said: “We’re challenging the notion that our mothers and grandmothers are all happily and safely living free from family violence. Older women experience family violence just as younger women do. There is no excuse for disrespect and violence against older women.”

Meanwhile, Frankston Arts Centre will host Free Your Voice: An Online Vocal Workshop for International Human Rights Day on December 10 from 6-7.15pm. The free Zoom workshop is suitable for ages 16 and over and will show participants how to use their voice and speak with confidence in any situation. Bookings are essential via email at artsaccess@frankston.vic.gov.au. Details: 9784 1896.

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