Light Hearted

Light Hearted ep 97 – Dianne Wolfer and “Lighthouse Girl,” part 2

Fay Howe, courtesy of her son, Don Watson.
Fay Howe, as drawn by illustrator Brian Simmonds for “Lighthouse Girl.”

This is part 2 of a two part interview with Dianne Wolfer, author of the award-winning children’s book Lighthouse Girl. The book tells the true story of Fay Catherine Howe, daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Breaksea Island in Western Australia, during World War I.

Around 30,000 soldiers left Australian shores to fight in World War I, and the sight of Fay Howe waving to them from the island became a symbol of hope for many of the departing soldiers.

Part 2 also features an interview with Fay Howe’s son, Don Watson, along with his wife, Peg, and their daughter Denise.

Dianne Wolfer’s website

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5 thoughts on “Light Hearted ep 97 – Dianne Wolfer and “Lighthouse Girl,” part 2

  1. I was unable to pull up part 2 of your interview with Dianne Wolfer…but enjoyed Part one.
    I have been in touch with Dianne and a signed copy of her book is on its way to me!
    Thank you for introducing her books to me.
    Have a blessed 2021!

    1. Thanks for your note! The problem is fixed now and you should be able to hear it. That’s fantastic that you’re getting a signed copy of her book! I’m sure you’ll like it.

  2. Never listened to a podcast before.
    Thankyou Jeremy it was a great.
    more about the story everyday. I am one of the other daughters of Don and Peg Watson.
    Tracey Timmins

    1. Hi Tracey! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I always tell people that podcasts are radio shows you can listen to whenever you feel like it. One of the best things about them is that they don’t have to fit into a prescribed time. The legacy of your family and Dianne Wolfer’s book are so interesting that it made sense to expand it to two episodes. Nice to meet you!

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