Belgrave Library Book Launch

'Banksia Close' will launch at the Belgrave Library on Saturday, March 16. Picture: supplied by Casselise Rowe

by Gabriella Vukman

Pop down to the Belgrave Library this Saturday 16 March, for the free launch of Casselise Rowe’s debut novel ‘Banksia Close’.

Along with author talks and free entry, catering will also be provided for attendees with plenty of vegan options available.

Author of Banksia Close and Hills local Casselise Rowe (or C.L Rowe) said, “Banksia Close is a fictional drama revolving around a street of neighbours who all decide to breach the social lockdown and meet for dinner.”

“A massive argument irrupts over different political leanings and perspectives on how things are being managed.”

“By the time the dinner party is finished, everyone is in absolute tatters and friendships and relationships are destroyed,” Ms Rowe said.

The event commences at 10.30am and attendees are encouraged to register via the Belgrave library website to ensure that everyone is catered for.

Ms Rowe said, “I actually started writing the book after I had an argument with my partner.”

“During Covid it came to a point where I needed to use my writing as an outlet for my own sanity and the dialogue and actual story itself just flew out of my fingers,” Ms Rowe said.

“To get it all out on the pages took six months.”

‘Banksia Close’ is deliberately written for every community and book signings are welcomed at the launch.

“I would hope the book offers some closure to people who suffered over Covid.”

“I want the book to bring to light appreciation that everyone does come from different places and different perspectives and it’s really not worth imploding personal relationships based on opinions,” Ms Rowe said.

“I found it quite peaceful to write by the end.”