Women share purple passion in collaborative book

Authors Annamaria Weldon, Rachel Robertson and Rosemary Stevens with Deborah Hunn at the back.
Authors Annamaria Weldon, Rachel Robertson and Rosemary Stevens with Deborah Hunn at the back.

STORIES are written along the lines of many different themes and issues, but a collaborative book focusing on a specific colour is rare.

A group of female writers have come together to create Purple Prose, a new book of fifteen non-fiction works all centred on the colour purple.

Natasha Lester’s childhood love of her Little Women book, complete with her favourite character Amy Marsh in a purple dress and bonnet is on the cover.

Rachel Robertson recollects finding a piece of purple coronation robe in an old box of keepsakes that belonged to her mother.

Deborah Hunn confesses to being a Fremantle Dockers fan.

With well-known local writers Liz Byrski and Rachel Robertson editing, the book is a collection of short, sharp compilations that are sure to leave a lasting impression with the reader.

Hunn said she was delighted to be asked to take part in the project. “I knew something special was bound to come out of the experience and of course, I couldn’t resist being asked to contribute a piece about my beloved Dockers,” she said.

“My own passion for the Dockers was well known, so I was directly approached to contribute on that topic, but to be honest, it is what I would have chosen anyway.”

Robertson said purple was a colour associated with many different things across time and cultures, including spirituality, harmony, wealth, royalty, feminism and women’s suffrage.

“More recently, purple has been connected to lesbian, gay and transgender rights as well,” she said.

“Because purple is strongly associated with the suffragettes and women’s rights, we decided to invite only women writers to contribute to this book.

“We invited our contributors to write a true story from their own life and the response was surprisingly varied, ranging from four extraordinary maiden aunts to a group of pigeon racers.”

Purple Prose is at www.fremantlepress.com.au