Red Dust Dreams: Booragoon author in her element


Lannah Sawers-Diggins with her book Red Dust Dreams.
Lannah Sawers-Diggins with her book Red Dust Dreams.

LANNAH Sawers-Diggins believes now – at 62 years of age – she is in her element.

The Booragoon author grew up with the “quiet dream” to have her own book published one day, but did not think she had the “patience, imagination nor creativity for fiction”.Spending her youth on a family sheep station in South Australia, she recounted taking up letter writing instead.

“I found a lot of pen-friends scattered around the world and wrote to them,” she said.

“I admit I was heavily influenced by the family of our boundary rider at the time.

“There were 15 children and the eldest were always receiving these thick envelopes in the weekly mail.

“I became very envious and hence started writing to my own pen-friends.”

Sawers-Diggins eventually turned to realise her publishing dream, finding herself with a “golden opportunity” to combine her passion for writing and the outback.

She has released three books, with Red Dust Dreams her biggest success so far.

The non-fiction title focuses on the domestic side of life on 20 remote pastoral stations across Australia.She now has plenty of other irons in the fire, too, with a Red Dust Dreams documentary in production and a new YouTube channel for people in the outback to launch soon.

She is also working on two more books.

“I feel incredibly lucky in that I have found something that I am very passionate about and absolutely thriving on at this stage of my life,” she said.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful life to date but now I just feel I have really found my pot of gold.”

Red Dust Dreams is nominated for an Australian Book Industry Award, to be announced in May.

For information visit lannahsawersdiggins.com.

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