Valerie Lawson is one of Australia’s leading journalists, and the author of the critically acclaimed The Allens Affair. Her Mary Poppins, She Wrote – The Life of P  L Travers, the life story of the author of the classic Mary Poppins books, was first released in 1999, published in 2005 in the UK and USA, and re-released in Australia in 2010, and was. short listed for the Kibble Awards. On Tuesday 6 July 2010, Valerie Lawson addressed The Sydney Institute giving an insight into the crowded and colourful life of this enigmatic (Australian) author.

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