Digital launch: When The Smoke Clears

Author Chrissy Guinery and Fifty Days Press are adapting to current Covid-19 restrictions and launching When The Smoke Clears: Surviving the Australian bushfires, in a series of video releases today (May 20) on Facebook, and shared here in sequence.

Bateman’s bay Rural Fire Service Captain Ian Aitken helps launch When The Smoke Clears. Ian’s experiences leading the effort to fight the devastating fires of 2019-20 are included in the book.

Eurobadalla Shire Mayor, Liz Innes, whose own fire story is included in When The Smoke Clears, contributes to the official launch today (May 20).

To purchase When The Smoke Clears, click here or visit Booktopia, Koorong and other good bookstores.

Telling stories as part of bushfire recovery

Chrissy Guinery has always been a storyteller, and even as she and her family were surrounded by dangerous fires, her social posts – shared to let friends know how they were faring – became essential reading as a window on the tragic 2019-20 bushfire season.

Soon people were urging her to write a book about the experience and within about 50 days from the worst of the fires, she had done just that.

The result is When The Smoke Clears: Surviving the Australian bushfires and it is available now.

In this moving video, created for us by Boats Media (who excel in content ‘based on a true story’) Chrissy speaks of the challenge of writing as it brought her back to the fires, the loss, the grief but then the journey onwards into recovery.