All Naked & Bare

It's tough for coalminers in 1956, and they demand respect from their families. Polly Carpenter copes, but when the mine threatens closure, her life turns upside down. She re-evaluates her marriage, especially when her daughter Kathryn faces danger after being deserted by her drunken father. Despite the narrow culture of the area, hope remains for Kathryn and she looks forward to a bright future. More

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About Janice Gallen

Janice grew up in the coalfields of Hunter Valley, New South Wales. She developed a passion for writing after winning an inter-school essay contest on unionism at age eleven. After graduating from high school she went on to study teaching at Newcastle Teachers’ College and taught in the district for a few years before going into business. Living in the area from the 1940’s and right through until 1992 has given her an understanding of the people and the environment..
The desire for creative writing was always there and Janice signed up for a correspondence writing course. Family commitments and work got in the way of fulfilling her goal to become an acknowledged author. However, that spark remained, and over the past ten years Janice has managed to fit many creative writing workshops into her busy life. During that period she enjoyed the privilege of being mentored by a published author for over three years. When the inaugural Redlitzer anthology was promoted by Redlands Library, Janice won a place with her short story: Always. This success, accompanied by encouragement and critiquing from two writing groups, has allowed her to follow her dream, and complete and publish her first novel: All Naked & Bare.

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