I love Tenterfield! The Tenterfield Star wrote a lovely article about my book ‘Rainbows through Cobwebs’ some months ago and mooted the idea of a book launch because Theo, who painted the cover, is a local.
So, we followed through and what a wonderful occasion it was. There has been another follow up article out in The Tenterfield Star today with a photo of Theo and myself.
“Author Lyn Traill travelled up from the coast to fulfil her promise to officially launch her latest book Rainbows through Cobwebs to a Tenterfield audience, given the book’s ties to local artist Theo Gard.
The event happened at ‘Our Place’ Wine and Espresso Bar on Friday evening, November 1, with Theo bringing along the original artwork that was not only conscripted for the book cover but also inspired the title.
Theo has his own chapter in the book which profiles grief in a variety of its forms, along with a toolbox of suggestions for coping and emerging out the other end. In Theo’s case, the gaping hole left by the loss of beloved pets is a topic perhaps not fully appreciated by general society, but one keenly felt by those who consider their pets as family.
Theo said it was great to catch up with his dear friend face-to-face, although they’re in regular contact online and by phone. He thought that Our Place venue was an ideal venue for the launch. “It was a really good time,” he said.
Rainbows through Cobwebs is available through major book outlets and from Ms Traill’s traillblaze.com website
Ms Traill also donated a copy to the Tenterfield Library.”
About eighteen months ago I was enjoying a coffee catch up with one of my ex-clients who is incredibly intuitive. After some conversation about what we were both doing, she looked me straight in the eye and told me that I had to write a book about grief. It spoke to my heart and off I went. As I was writing I was prompted to interview others about their experiences with grief and how they had handled it. These people just presented themselves to me and the book was completed.
Then I began to wonder why I had written it. It was certainly not going to be at the top of any best sellers list, but I knew that I had done what I had to do. Last Friday I found out my reason and I am very excited.
In my last blog I spoke about my desire to gain more tools in assisting people with trauma. Since then so many things have happened to guide me along the way. I spoke about being part of the trauma summit and the ongoing participation in the group. So many other things have happened to assure me that I am on the right path.
Last Friday some loyal friends accompanied me to Tenterfield to launch my book. Tenterfield has been through so much with crippling drought and dreadful fires and I was very conscious of this as we drove past many charred remnants of what we could see would have been a terrifying ordeal.
We couldn’t have chosen a better place for the launch. ‘Our Place’ in Tenterfield is a beautiful coffee/ wine bar and a delightful venue for our launch. I always speak from my heart and the audience reacted, culminating in a beautiful discussion about what the town had been through and how trauma was still very prevalent. Then I knew that Rainbows could be a great springboard for these discussions. The audience was very receptive and grateful to have the platform to speak about their experiences. They also felt that so many more residents would benefit from a forum such as this and so I have been invited back in February. I plan also to visit other rural areas that are experiencing collective trauma. I will absolutely love being part of the collective healing.