Within a year Karen Purves went from working as managing director of a marketing college to living on the streets.
The author will tour the Central Highlands in June to discuss the highs and lows in her life that led to her writing her book ‘Gratitude Prompts’.
In 1999 Ms Purves’ marriage of 14 years and career both ended, which resulted in her becoming homeless for six months.
“People assume that homelessness results from having a drug or alcohol problem,” she said.
“I was well educated and had a top-paying job and still ended up in that situation.
“I learnt to become grateful for just opening my eyes in the morning and being able to see the clouds in the sky.”
The book’s topics and suggested actions discuss the power of gratitude in everyday life and its chain reaction in changing your life for the better.
The tour will visit all ten library branches in the Central Highlands. Each session will feature a complimentary morning tea, author presentation, book signing and networking.
Dates and locations
- Monday 10 June – Blackwater Library at 10am
- Tuesday 11 June – Duaringa Library at 10am
- Wednesday 12 June – Dingo Library/Hall at 10am
- Thursday 13 June – Capella Library at 10am
- Friday 14 June – Tieri Transaction Centre at 10am
- Monday 17 June – Springsure Library at 10am
- Tuesday 18 June – Rolleston Transaction Centre at 10am
- Wednesday 19 June – Bauhinia Community Hall at 10am
- Thursday 20 June – Rubyvale Hall at 10am
- Friday 21 June – Emerald Library at 10am
All sessions will start promptly at 10.00 am.
Interview written by Lucy Rutherford and James Liveris of the Balonne Beacon.