Author shares tales of fame and family

Celie Gannon knew she had some interesting stories to tell.

Her family has roots in Campbelltown dating back to the 1800s and through her husband, British rocker Jim Gannon of the band Black Widow, she has met countless musicians.

But it wasn’t until she addressed her old school St Patricks College for International Women’s Day last year that she thought about putting them in a book.

“Each of the stories are about 2000-3000 words,” she said. “They’re very meaty.

“I spoke to the girls about how, as a journalist, I taught myself how to write.

“There were no media courses back then, you just did it yourself.”

Each tale, Mrs Gannon said, is personal – whether its about her own experiences or those of the people close to her.

She has stories about Andrew Farriss (from INXS) and his wife overcoming cancer, about Bob Dylan’s late-night sketching skills and high-fiving Jeff Fenech – who had broken nearly every bone in his hand at the time.

“Some stories are about famous people and others are about the not-so-famous,” she said.

“I’ve found the not-so-famous people’s stories the most interesting – I think many people do.”

Mrs Gannon hopes her old school classmates pick up the book and have a read, as she goes into some history of St Patricks College as well.

Mrs Gannon will hold a talk for Celie’s Book of Stories at Campbelltown Library on Wednesday, October 12 from 2pm. Her husband will also perform a couple of songs.

RSVP at 0422 207 223.

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