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Book Club


Led by QAGOMA Members Book Club facilitator Eve Jensen, our Spring Book Club will focus on contemporary Indigenous Australian writing, to mark the opening of the new Indigenous Australian art galleries in QAG in October 2014.

Book in for one or all three sessions to join the discussion – or read along at home!

The Promise

September Book Club

Tony Birch

The Promise (2014)

Thursday 25 September | 9:45am or 2.30pm
Saturday 27 September | 10.30am or 1.30pm

From the Miles Franklin-shortlisted author of Blood (2011) Tony Birch comes new work The Promise (2014), which delivers a collection of 12 blistering stories. The human condition, redemption and hope are woven through a sensitive and often humorous take on the lives of those who have loved, lost and wandered. The Promise continues Birch’s interest in how men deal with each other, and how different generations of men connect.

In partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival (3-7 September), QAGOMA Members are invited to attend a discussion and morning tea with author Tony Birch, as he shares insights into his new book, The Promise. See below for details.

Good Morning, Mr Sarra

October Book Club

Chris Sarra

Good Morning, Mr Sarra (2012)

Thursday 23 October | 9.45am or 2.30pm
Saturday 25 October | 10.30am or 1.30pm

Good Morning, Mr Sarra is the inspiring life story of a boy from Bundaberg who grew up to become Queensland's Australian of the Year, a subject of ABC's Australian Story, and one of the most recognised educators in the country. When Chris Sarra took up his role as the first Aboriginal principal of Cherbourg State School in 1998, it was a time of high hopes and low expectations in Indigenous education. His leadership helped to transform the school’s toxic culture and poor attendance. Now, with his Stronger Smarter Institute, Sarra is pursuing and achieving improved outcomes in literary, numeracy and attendance for Indigenous children across the country.

The Swan Book

November Book Club

Alexis Wright

The Swan Book (2013)

Thursday 27 November | 9:45am or 2.30pm
Saturday 29 November | 10.30am or 1.30pm

Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin award, Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book (2013) – bitter, lovely, and tragic – imagines the fate of Indigenous Australia in a dystopian future, set in an Australian landscape catastrophically altered by climate change. As in her award-winning first book, Carpentaria (2006), The Swan Book interweaves ancient beliefs and modern worlds with the fragility of the mind constantly on stage. The wild energy and humour in Wright’s work finds hope in the bleakest situations in this book of intelligence and originality.

Pre-order your books to avoid disappointment — please contact the QAGOMA Store on (07) 3840 7290 at the beginning of the season.

To register for any of the Book Club sessions, please call (07) 3840 7278 (places are strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment) / $10 per meeting for QAGOMA Members / $15 Members’ guests (includes coffee and tea and sweets).


Saturday 6 September | 10.30am-11.30am | GOMA
In partnership with Brisbane Writers Festival (3-7 September), we are delighted to invite you to attend a discussion and morning tea with Australia author Tony Birch, as he shares insights into his new book, The Promise (our September Book Club title) as well as his writing practise more broadly. Having published widely in the areas of short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, Birch has also worked as a writer and curator in collaboration with photographers, film-makers and artists. He has a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Urban cultures and histories.

Bookings required / $15 Members / $20 Members' guests / Includes light refreshments / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278 to RSVP by 5 September