On Friday 2 March Mrs Cross’s Year 10 English class joined her and the Librarian Mr Bull for an excursion to the first Adelaide Writer’s Festival Schools Day. Students were treated to three very different sessions. The first entitled, “Bad Character” featured Australian military historian Dr Peter Stanley. He spoke at length of his fascination with the researching and writing of history, his ‘second life’ as he called it. When asked why he chose to write predominantly about war he replied it was his interest in how ordinary people behave in extreme situations.
His latest book, Bad Characters re-examines the ANZAC myth by following the escapades of a range of Australian WWI soldiers who broke most of the rules and often got caught. He said he believed history was all about asking honest questions and looking for the truth no matter how unpopular it might make you. He still believed history could be used as a valuable tool for understanding the world.