We welcome Lindsay Arnold for the launch of his illustrated adaptation of Ron Roberts’ memoir, Slipping Through the Cracks: Life as a Street kid in 1950s Sydney.
A visual interpretation of a stolen childhood. With over 100 images, Lindsay Arnold has drawn intense scrutiny to the unjust emotional and physical suffering of a sensitive boy trapped in the cruel thrall of a heartless social zeitgeist which prevailed throughout mid 20th century Australia.
No mere moral fable, this is unvarnished social history, and a cautionary tale for future generations.
At the heart of this story is a mystery, an absorbing question regarding what is going on within its setting. A picture reflecting those often ignored years following World War 2, a personal testament rescued from a time rarely referred to or documented: the 1950s, a time when the hangover from war gestated a generation marked by an upsurge of creative talent to define the next decade, the 60s.
It is the story of a young Australian’s struggle to survive the streets of Sydney and the severities of bush life after leaving school at 13 almost entirely illiterate.
This is a free event and all are welcome.
Where: The Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square
When: Wednesday June 20th, from 5.30pm