Dorothy Simmons emigated from Northern Ireland as a young adult. In addition to being a writer, Simmons is a teacher of English. She has written plays, short stories, novels and teaching notes and is currently (2011) studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
A thunder-storm forces journalist Brian Cookson to seek shelter at a roadside cottage; he is taken in by three little girls and the old woman they call Gran. Cookson starts to explain that he has to write a story about Dan Kelly and Steve Hart of the Kelly Gang being alive and well in South Africa. The old woman spins round and glares.
' "Lies, lies, lies!"
'Cookson is dumbfounded.
"But how can you know?"
"I am his mother."
'Will she ever trust a newspaper man with the truth about living like a Kelly?' (Publication summary)