Eileen Torney releases new book

By Tara Whitsed

Well-known Shepparton writer Eileen Torney has released a book with several pieces of work from over the years.

Decoy for Butterflies features all the pieces Ms Torney had written on her computer.

‘‘Without the persuasion of my friend Helene Castles and the support of my daughter Mary Clark this book would not have been possible,’’ Ms Torney said.

Featuring poetry, family history and a play that was performed by Shepparton Theatre Arts Group, Ms Torney said this was the first time she had published just her own work after writing books with other people.

‘‘I published it with the help of the Goulburn Valley Writers Group and Creagh Manning who did the artwork for the cover,’’ she said.

Ms Torney said most of the pieces were written in the past 20 years, but the memories shared spanned more than 80 years.

Ms Castles praised Ms Torney for her exemplary writing and achievements.

‘‘The achievement for an 85-year-old woman in care is remarkable,’’ Ms Castles said.

‘‘Some of the later poems have been written in Banksia Lodge and give some insight into being in care and that new phase of life. Eileen has a very positive attitude.’’

Ms Castles highlighted one of the pieces which included Ms Torney’s entry to the 2018 Ruqayyah Ibourki Ekphrasis Poetry Competition which she wrote in the past three months.

‘‘My husband read the book and said there was something for everyone,’’ she said.

Decoy for Butterflies will be launched by Robyn Black at the Goulburn Valley Writers Club Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 12 at the Terminus Hotel from 7.30pm.