Visiting Author Program – Donna Mulhearn

Ordinary Courage is Donna Mulhearn’s personal memoir about her experience as a human shield in the war in Iraq in 2003.
At the age of thirty-four, Donna Mulhearn had become disillusioned by her career as a journalist and political adviser and set off on a journey of self-discovery. One day, during this wonderful period of freedom, she heard something radical, a call to action that would change her course, and her life, forever. A man on the radio was appealing for human shields in Iraq—volunteers to deter the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ from attacking Baghdad. Donna was already against the war —she was a firm believer in the power of non-violent action. She knew immediately what she had to do.
Despite protests from concerned family and friends, Donna soon found herself travelling from Sydney to Baghdad. There she joined hundreds of shields from all over the world who formed small teams to protect major sites—power stations, water treatment plants, communication centres—that were crucial to the life of innocent people. With Bush’s deadline for attack looming, businesses closed their doors for perhaps the last time and the streets became eerily silent as people prepared for the worst.

Donna Mulhearn 13 June 2.30pm HJ Daley Library. You can book by telephoning 4645 4444 or online at


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