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 over 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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BOOKS TO JULY 2020
CANCELLED Thursday 2 April
Art, by Yasmina Reza
We have made the decision to cancel the Book Club on Thursday 2 April as a precautionary measure that considers Government advice and the current public health situation around COVID-19. More information
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.