Chance to meet author and Ash Wednesday survivor

March 23, 2014 by  

Memories of the Ash Wednesday fires in Victoria will be rekindled when inspirational author Ann Fogarty appears as a special guest speaker at the Narre Warren Library.

Originally from Lancashire, England, Ann married an Australian and moved to Beaconsfield, which was engulfed by flames 12 years later in a roaring inferno that took 75 lives in 1983.

The mother of two was almost among the casualties after sustaining burns to 85 per cent of her body, as she placed herself between her daughters and the flames on that fateful day. Few thought she would survive but, miraculously, she beat the odds.

Ann was described as a hero after her daughters escaped unscathed.

Her latest book, ‘Forged with Flames’, details Ann’s personal challenges on her road to recovery after the devastating fires.

The story provides a personal insight into the author’s journey of recovery on every level – physically, emotionally and mentally. It details the small acts of kindness that touched her heart and gave her strength.

Ann described the boost to her spirits when Cliff Richard sent her a letter and flute player James Galway serenaded her while she was in the Burns Unit of the hospital.

The 2013 winner of Book of the Year, Forged with Flames – which may have featured in a number of catalogue printing campaigns – has been described as an inspirational story of loving, living, determination and hope.

Ann Fogarty will be at the Narre Warren Library on June 25 from 7pm to 8pm.