The story of WA Stolen Generation survivor Frank Byrne wins national award

23rd Nov 2018

A memoir of a Stolen Generation survivor, the late Frank Byrne, has won the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award, at the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishing Conference last night.

The book released by Ptilotus Press called Living In Hope also won the award of ‘Best Non-Fiction’ title at the 2018 Territory Read Award earlier this year. The story outlines his early years of moving from place to place after being taken away from his mother, a Gooniyandi woman from Christmas Creek.

Frank was diagnosed with cancer shortly after returning to Alice Springs from a writing research trip to the Kimberley region and, as his book neared completion, Frank’s life was also drawing to an end. He died on 20 October 2017.

Philippe Perez spoke to co-authors of the book Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford prior to them travelling to Melbourne.

You’ll also hear in this audio Frank’s son Trevor Byrne talking about his father’s life & his important story.

Co-authors of Living In Hope Frances Coughlan & Gerard Waterford speak to Philippe Perez

Frank Byrne's son Trevor Byrne (audio care of Ptilotus Press)