The letters we wrote to Lindy

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It’s the story that captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system.

Filled with humour and heartbreak, ‘Letters to Lindy’ by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine, explores the public’s relationship with Lindy Chamberlain – one of 20th century Australia’s most iconic figures.

Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public wrote more than 20,000 letters to Lindy.

From sympathy to abuse, letters from children and letters from those who have lost a child, these letters traverse the gamut of human response to Lindy’s story.

‘Letters to Lindy’ draws on this correspondence, as well as extensive interviews with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton herself, to create an enthralling, moving, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation.

It’s a poignant story and a reminder that the criminal justice system sometimes does get it wrong.

‘Letters to Lindy’ will be on at The Joan on Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 at 7.30pm. Tickets start at $30. To book, visit www.thejoan.com.au.

Lauren Suttie

Lauren Suttie is the Weekender’s General & Community News journalist.

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