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From around the grounds

Former ABC sports commentator and author of ‘Around the Grounds’, Peter Newlinds, is returning to the Clarence Valley in January and to Iluka library for an author visit.

Mr Newlinds visited Grafton, Maclean and Yamba libraries for author visits in December, met residents and shared his cricket stories and family history with the people who attended.

In Around the Grounds, Peter shares memories and insights that will fire sparks of nostalgia in every Australian sporting enthusiast. From teenage years working inside the grand scoreboard of the SCG, to the pressure of auditioning for the ABC in front of a childhood hero, and then through a long career with the national broadcaster, it’s the story of the sporting fan who manages to live out the ultimate sporting fantasy: working as a commentator with one of the world’s great sporting broadcasters.

Peter describes his numerous experiences with Grandstand covering everything from international cricket to air pistol shooting on the outskirts of New Delhi. In doing so he provides the reader with numerous insights into life ‘one step away’ from the action, working with broadcasting legends and crossing paths with sporting greatness at regular intervals.

Regional Librarian, Kathryn Breward, says the library welcomed back Peter to the valley and especially at this time of the year with the cricket season.

“His book is a great addition to our collection and we love having an author that has local connections too,” she said.

The book includes several references to the Clarence Valley where Peter’s family has connections that go as far back as the 1860s. Since 1972 his immediate family has owned a farm at Shark Creek and he is interested in speaking to people about the local area.

Peter will be visiting Iluka library on Wednesday, January 9, at 2:30pm.
For further information and to book your spot, contact Iluka library on 6646 6542.