E06 - The Mallee, mice and underground mutton

Author, poet, photographer, podcaster, mum – is there anything Janette Menhennet can’t do?

Janette joins GOHP’s Barry Neylon to talk about “The Gate”, a fictionalised account of a family in the Mallee region during the Great Depression. Loosely based on, and drawing inspiration from,  her own family history, Janette’s novel “The Gate” focuses on the life and experiences of a young girl named Mags. Backgrounded by painstaking research, the novel gives the reader a fascinating glimpse at life on the edge during those depression years, and Janette and Barry discuss the trials and challenges of families in the era – homelessness, family break-up, mouse plagues and government policy! Click on the link below to hear Barry and Janette explore the real life stories behind the ficionalised ones in “The Gate”.

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But Janette’s not just an accomplished author, she’s also deeply involved in the local community with such groups as the Adelaide Plains Poets, and our own GBA. She’s also a keen photographer, and you can find some of her photos in the gallery above.

Production Notes

Title: E06 - The Mallee, mice, and underground mutton

Guest: Janette Menhennet

Host: Barry Neylon

Editor: Ian McDonnell

Producer: Barry Neylon

Transcript: Barry Neylon

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