Rosie Batty book signing a national first


FAMILY violence campaigner, Australian of the Year and peninsula resident Rosie Batty will sign copies of her new book in Mornington in early October, the first signing following the biography’s release.

Rosie Batty: A Mother’s Story tells the harrowing story of her son Luke, who was killed by his father at cricket practice in Tyabb, a story known by most Australians, and what has happened in the 18 months since.

Ms Batty has become the national public face of family violence – before and after her selection as Australian of the Year –  and galvanised public opinion behind a call for more to be done to combat a rising tide of domestic conflict.

Publisher Harper Collins insisted on the first book signing being on the peninsula and asked Peninsula Voice to organise the event, which will be held at Peninsula Community Theatre on 8 October.

Peninsula Voice is a new alliance of peninsula churches and community support groups tackling family violence and other pressing social issues. Ms Batty was a keynote speaker at its family violence forum last September, also at a capacity-filled Peninsula Community Theatre.

Ms Batty will be interviewed by ABC radio presenter Jon Faine at the signing.

Peter Orton of Peninsula Voice said “Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against family violence, winning hearts and minds with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. The event will be our chance to welcome Rosie back and share some stories of the roller coaster of the past 18 months.”

First published in the Mornington News – 11 August 2015


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