My first gig back after giving birth was a 40s style swing set for the State Library to launch the beautiful exhibition “Of Love and War”. I sang some great swing and ballads from the era and backed by my wonderful band and I also invited two great young singers, Madeline Luke and Georgia Temple to join me in some Andrews Sisters tunes.
Of love and war explores the relationships forged during times of conflict, and the emotions felt by couples as a result of separation, loss and reunion.
It details the excitement of blossoming romance, passionate affairs and whirlwind weddings that have taken place since the First World War, and continue today.
It tells of sweethearts and lovers separated by war, the loneliness and trauma that could tear some apart, and the anguish of those who had lost a partner. Finally, there are the stories of the survivors and their new beginnings when peace returned: the joy of reunion, the challenges of relationships built on wartime experiences, and the new discoveries by war brides resettling in foreign lands.
Join in the local discussion on the State Library of Queensland’s Of love and war blog.
View more information about the exhibition.
Take a free Volunteer guided tour every Tue and Sat from Mon 9 Nov, 11am. Meet at slq Gallery, level 2. For group bookings, please contact State Library’s Visitor Services on 07 3842 9985.
An Australian War Memorial Travelling Exhibition presented by the State Library of Queensland.
Venue slq Gallery, level 2
Date Fri 6 Nov 2010 – Sun 20 Feb 2011, open daily 10am-5pm