Programs

Mr Mac and me by Esther Freud

Tuesday 7 June

Texta book club: Mr Mac and me by Esther Freud

6pm William Robinson Gallery, Old Government House

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies

To coincide with the exhibition Inspirations: William Robinson, our second book of the year is Mr Mac and me by Esther Freud.

It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, the son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. Life is quiet and shaped by the seasons then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives. To Thomas he looks like a detective, in his black cape and hat of felted wool. Mac is what the locals call him when they whisper about him in the inn. But Mac isn't a detective, he's the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red-haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about Mr Mac and me.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum

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That deadman dance by Kim Scott

Tuesday 2 August

Texta book club: That deadman dance by Kim Scott

6pm QUT Art Museum

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies

To coincide with the exhibition Frontier Imaginaries: The life of lines and Reconciliation at QUT, our third book for the year is Miles Franklin Award winner, That deadman dance by Kim Scott.

Bobby Wabalanginy never learned fear, not until he was pretty well a grown man. Sure, he grew up doing the Dead Man Dance, but with him it was a dance of life, a lively dance for people to do together ... Told through the eyes of black and white, young and old, this is a story about a fledgling Western Australian community in the early 1800s known as the 'friendly frontier'.

Poetic, warm-hearted and bold, it is a story, which shows that first contact did not have to lead to war.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The deadman dance.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum

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Treading Air by Ariella Van Luyn

Tuesday 11 October

Texta book club: Treading Air by Ariella Van Luyn

6pm QUT Art Museum

Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies

To coincide with the The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, our fourth and final book of the year is Treading Air by Ariella Van Luyn.

In 1920s Brisbane, Lizzie O'Dea wants to get away from her dad and the memories of her mum that haunt her. At the races, she meets attractive, war-scarred Joe. When he says that he wants to marry her and take her away to far-flung Townsville, Lizzie sees her chance to escape. But Lizzie soon falls through what she'd thought was a safety net. On the fringes of society, she discovers a new sense of independence and sexuality, love and friendship. It's a precarious life, though. Always on the edge of collapse, eventually it spins out of control.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about Treading air.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum

RSVP

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