‘But then we all love this place, don’t we, in our different ways?’

It’s the summer of 1976, and the winds of change are blowing through the small town of Repentance on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. The old families farmed cattle and cut timber, but the new settlers, the hippies, have a different perspective on the natural order and humankind’s place in the scheme of things. Soon everything will be disturbed. Either the old growth is coming down or the loggers have to be stopped. And although not everyone agrees on tactics, noone will escape being drawn into the coming confrontation.

A tale of a country town and its rhythms, Repentance is also the story of modern Australia at one of its flashpoints, told tenderly and beautifully through the eyes of characters you won’t forget.

Alison Gibbs was born in Kyogle and spent her childhood in northern New South Wales. Repentance is her first novel. Join Friends of Libraries, Byron Shire, in celebrating its launch, with Alison, in conversation with local author, Sarah Armstrong.


Friday April 23, 2021. 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start


Marvell Hall, Byron Bay – 37 Marvell Street

Tickets can be purchased through TryBooking for $10. Drinks and nibbles will be available upon entry

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