Carol Brunello

I have written since a young child. Over 27 years my friend Ann Kerr worked in war zones in countries such as Somalia, Cameroon, Pakistan, and Rwanda. Her stories were amazing and I asked her when she intended writing a book. Her reply was, "When you agree to write it for me", so At a Moment's Notice was born. In 2020, I published my own book – mainly rhyming verse and entitled, Fun, Fantasy & Feelings – Along Life’s Path. My love of poetry was the catalyst, the sharing of a range of topics came so easily to me.

At A Moment's Notice

As a 4 year old Ann Kerr was evacuated from London in 1939 to escaped perpetual bombing. Ann trained as a nurse in the mid 1950's in a hospital where a portrait of Florence Nightingale graced a library wall and it was decades later that for her services to nursing she was awarded (by the International Committee of the Red Cross) the prestigious Florence Nightingale Medal. The seeds of empathy had been sown when she parted from her parents at such a young age and it was her passion for healing and for surgery which led her to war torn countries over a period of 27 years. Unknown territories, some bizarre conditions, differing cultures and often unsafe environments did not stop her accepting a mission. The book follows her story from her earlier years and her training before detailing her work in war torn countries. Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) wrote 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, through off the bowlines, sail away from a safe harbour, catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover’. Ann did all of that!

Fun, Fantasy & Feelings

My writing covers many topics and is in the form of rhyming verse or prose. In a creative writing group in the 1990's I enjoyed the discipline needed to write to a given topic but in later years I found it more natural to just 'let the words flow' and many different occasions or events have since been the catalyst for my writing.  I have written for special occasions such as Australia Day, ANZAC Day, have had poems read on air and enjoy being creative when asked by someone in the retirement village in which I live. Writing poetry (usually rhyming but sometimes not) can be a great healer for somehow it allows rough edges to be softened. When I have had requests made I like to think that what I have written has helped other people. My book is a selection, a variety – and after all that is what gives spice to life!