Ruth and Dick Carney share a little piece of Wiradjuri history

Ruth and Dick Carney.
Ruth and Dick Carney.

After taking centre stage Narromine's Dick and Ruth Carney are launching their book A Little Piece of Heaven at the Mudgee Readers' Festival.

Gamilaroi artist Paris Norton will be in conversation with the Wiradjuri storytellers over morning tea on Sunday August 18.

The Carney's have worked with artist and writer Sam Paine to share the story of their lives together.

A Little Piece of Heaven begins telling the tale of Mr Carney's humble beginnings in Warren, and the trials and triumphs of his time in the shearing sheds during the twentieth century.

Mr Carney discusses his rejection to the Debutante Ball in Warren, but describes discovering acceptance in Narromine, finding a community, a home and long-lasting love with wife Ruth.


Their love is an inspiration and their story is a rare glimpse of mid-century bush life and Indigenous history

"We're really looking forward to it," Mrs Carney said.

The pair thanked all those who also helped support their stage shows including Dave Payne who supplied t-shirts, Jan Smith from Boutique 33 who organised Mrs Carney's wardrobe making her "look good on stage" and Orana Arts including Michelle and Alicia for all the work they have done.

"There's just too many names to mention. Dick and I are very, very grateful. We've been on an awesome journey ... and people have just been magnificent to us," Mrs Carney said.

"It's been an awesome journey that we've been on for the last three years ... and it's not over yet."