Nardi Simpson’s debut novel made quite a splash when it was published in September 2020, long listed, short listed or winning a range of national awards. I was also keen to read a debut book by an indigenous woman and member of the musical duo The Stiff Gins – a gutsy name for two accomplished musicians who combine lovely harmonies with fresh songwriting, sensitive lyrics and gentle humor.
So we kicked off our deadly discussion with champagne (thanks Lynda!) while listening to tracks from Wind and Water, the latest album by the Stiff Gins.
It is hard to say it better than one of our members, who wrote:
The book explores ‘lived and real’ themes for Aboriginal people of colonization, grief, inter-generational trauma, Aboriginal spirituality, racism, strong women, resilience and resistance, also dispelling the myths that black fellas don’t work hard. At times I was bored with the story-line but I suppose that reflects my white fella impatience for a faster pace of the ‘everyday’. The degree of loss and grief experienced is real, having witnessed this when working in Aboriginal health. And clients did speak about talking to or being visited by the Ancestors. I can imagine Nardi Simpson will only get better. And like “The Yield” (which I thought was a better crafted novel), this is a cultural gift. 3.5 from me (Sandy).
Ratings:: Margy, Viv and Janet 2.5, Annie and Jenny 3, Lynda, Dianne Pauline Nicola and Sandy 3.5
Next month we get together 11/10 at 6:30pm to discuss Amnesty by Aravind Adiga, hope to see you there and Happy Reading!
We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.
We normally meet at the 1948 heritage Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops. This venue has no toilet but here’s one in the park) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
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We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed Preece House located at Bischof Park
, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. If the Covid19 restrictions for live meetings are on, we meet online. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
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