Book Launch for Pamela Rushby
On 12 March Pamela Rushby’s When the Hipchicks Went to War was launched by local author Hugh Lunn. Hugh had been a news correspondent in Vietnam during the war and his book was one of the many sources Pamela used when researching this YA novel.
When the Hipchicks Went to War is a thought-provoking look at the effects of war on a generation of innocent young Australians in the 1960s. Kathy is a sixteen-year-old who wants to experience life in a world beyond her suburban existence. When the chance comes for her to join a troupe sent to Vietnam to entertain troops at military bases and hospitals, she slips on her boots and heads off to war.
Pamela initially wrote a short story (Boots) which was included in one of the One Book, Many Brisbanes anthologies, but she could see the potential for a much fuller story. She undertook a Creative Time Residential Fellowship with the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust in Canberra and Adelaide which allowed her access to the resources of the Australian War Memorial Library and time for writing. When the Hipchicks Went to War is one outcome of her MGCLT Fellowship.