DULDIG BOOK CLUB
1st Thursday of the month, 10:30am and 6:30pm
Join us in the new venture and travel with us to the ends of the earth with tales true and bold ... the reading list will be diverse and promises to generate many stimulating conversations.
$20 adults, $18 Duldig Friends & Supporters, $15 Students
Fiona Clarke graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.A (English and History), B. Social Work, B. Litt (Fine Arts). She later completed her Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary (English and History) from Monash University. While her early career was in Social Work, including four years at the Royal Children’s Hospital, subsequent to having a family, Fiona changed careers to focus on her love of art and books. Having completed her teaching qualifications, Fiona worked as a sessional teacher at the National Gallery of Victoria for thirteen years. In that time, she also facilitated the NGV Book club for three years and curated two NGV Writers Festivals. Fiona has also been a voluntary guide at the NGV for approaching 20 years. Fiona has now facilitated the Duldig Bookclub for nearly 2 years.
Elizabeth Tulloh graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Fine Arts, then went on to complete a Diploma of Education. After teaching for many years in government and independent schools, she completed a BLitt(Hons) in Journalism at Deakin University and a Diploma in Editing and Publishing at the University of Southern Queensland. For about ten years, she focused on writing - work which included newsletters and reports for an indigenous community in the Geelong region, several secondary school History and English textbooks, and two community histories. Elizabeth has recently returned to teaching part time, but is also a voluntary guide for the NGV and continues to write when the opportunity arises.
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Thursday 6 February
By Michael Veitch
Facilitated by Fiona Clarke
The riveting story of one of the most calamitous voyages in Australian history, the plague-stricken sailing ship Ticonderoga that left England for Victoria with 800 doomed emigrants on board.
For more than a century and a half, a grim tale has passed down through Michael Veitch's family: the story of the Ticonderoga, a clipper ship that sailed from Liverpool in August 1852, crammed with poor but hopeful emigrants- mostly Scottish victims of the Clearances and the potato famine. A better life, they believed, awaited them in Australia.
Three months later, a ghost ship crept into Port Phillip Bay flying the dreaded yellow flag of contagion. On her horrific three-month voyage, deadly typhus had erupted, killing a quarter of Ticonderoga's passengers and leaving many more desperately ill. Sharks, it was said, had followed her passage as the victims were buried at sea.
Panic struck Melbourne. Forbidden to dock at the gold-boom town, the ship was directed to a lonely beach on the far tip of the Mornington Peninsula, a place now called Ticonderoga Bay.
James William Henry Veitch was the ship's assistant surgeon, on his first appointment at sea. Among the volunteers who helped him tend to the sick and dying was a young woman from the island of Mull, Annie Morrison. What happened between them on that terrible voyage is a testament to human resilience, and to love.
Michael Veitch is their great-great-grandson, and Hell Ship is his brilliantly researched narrative of one of the biggest stories of its day, now all but forgotten. Broader than his own family's story, it brings to life the hardships and horrors endured by those who came by sea to seek a new life in Australia.
Thursday 5 March
Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Facilitated by Elizabeth Tulloh
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.
Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.
Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.
Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.
Thursday 2 April
By Yasmina Reza
Facilitated by Elizabeth Tulloh
The Tony Award-winning play that focuses on the meaning of art (in the form of a solid white painting) as well as the meaning of friendship, to both the man who bought the painting and the two friends who come to see it."
A reimagination of one of the most famous stories in all of literature-Achilles's slaughter and desecration of Hector, and Priam's attempt to ransom his son's body in Homer's "The Iliad"-Ransom is the first novel in more than a decade from David Malouf, arguably Australia's greatest living writer.
A novel of suffering, sorrow, and redemption, "Ransom" tells the story of the relationship between two grieving men at war: fierce Achilles, who has lost his beloved Patroclus in the siege of Troy; and Priam, king of Troy, whose son Hector killed Patroclus and was in turn savaged by Achilles. Each man's grief demands a confrontation with the other's if it is to be resolved: a resolution more compelling to both than the demands of war. And when the aged father and the murderer of his son meet, "the past and present blend, enemies exchange places, hatred turns to understanding, youth pities age mourning youth."
Thursday 4 June
Years of Wonders
By Geraldine Brooks
Facilitated by Fiona Clarke
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."
Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.
In this collection of stories, the characters are ordinary people who battle to maintain loyalty against all odds; women, children and men whose relationships strain under pressure and leave them bewildered, hoping, sometimes fleeing, but often finding strength in forgotten parts of themselves.