Onsite Book Club: 'Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa' (2016)
3.00PM Sat 30 Jan 2021
QAG | Members lounge | Ticketed
Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us on site for a socially distanced discussion in the Members Lounge. After a break in December, the titles on the summer reading list will connect to, contextualise and discuss the ideas presented in ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’. Sessions are hosted by Book Club Facilitator Eve Jensen.
Book 1: Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa (2016), Heather Ellis
Session 1: Wed 20 Jan, 3.00pm | Online via Zoom
Session 2: Thu 21 Jan, 10.30am | Online via Zoom
Session 3: Sat 30 Jan, 3.00pm | QAG
At the age of 28, while sitting in a friend’s backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. Despite never having done any long-distance motorcycle travel, nor any travel in Africa, the idea felt right. One year later, she was unloading her Yamaha TT600 at the docks in Durban, South Africa. Her travels take her to the dizzying heights of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Rwenzori Mountains to the deserts of northern Kenya. Everywhere she goes, Heather is aided by locals and travellers alike, who take her into their homes and hearts, helping her to truly understand the spirit of ubuntu — a Bantu word meaning ‘I am because you are’.