Allison Marlow Paterson is an Australian Author who writes stories for children and adults.
Allison’s writing reflects her passion for the past. In addition to creating books for adults and picture books about growing up on the farm, she is the author of the ABIA and CBCA notable title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front.
Her 2018 release Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials heralded a new non-fiction series, with the next – Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force – arriving in 2021. Allison’s third book in the Australia Remembers series – Cameron Baird VC, MG: Dedicated, Courageous and Born to Lead arrives in 2022.
I Wonder is Allison’s latest picture book for children and is inspired by Australia’s beautiful beaches and her concern for the environment. Her first novel for young adults – Follow After Me – was created while undertaking a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship.
Allison was also thrilled to announce the release of the updated edition of her 2014 adult title – Anzac Sons – with additional information and retitled as Anzac Sons: Mateship, Bravery and Sacrifice.
The Sunshine Coast is where Allison enjoys life as a writer, presenter and publishing consultant.
by Allison Marlow Paterson
For over a century, Australians have served their country in war and peacekeeping missions across the world. On Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we continue to gather and remember those who fought for our country in the past, and those who keep us safe today.
In recent times, 41 Australian Defence Force personnel lost their lives whilst on duty in the conflict in Afghanistan. Cameron Baird, VC, MG is one such Australian who died in the service of his country.
Cameron was born to lead, inspiring others and gaining the respect of his peers. A dedicated soldier, Cameron’s leadership and courageous actions resulted in the award of the Medal of Gallantry in 2007-2008. In 2013, while on active service in Afghanistan, Cameron lost his life while attempting to rescue a wounded mate. His act of supreme sacrifice, valour and devotion to duty was recognised with the awarding of Australia’s highest battlefield honour – the Victoria Cross.
This is a story of Australian service in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a story of mateship, dedication, leadership and sacrifice, and one we should never forget.
The little wooden boat has been left behind in the sand dunes. Odd things pass it by, tumbling and floating into the ocean –
a chip packet, a takeaway cup and a plastic bag.
The little wooden boat wonders and worries . . .
Is it a forgotten thing? Is it just rubbish now?
Will it ever find a home again?
A powerful and timely tale of the small steps
we can take to care for our world.
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