Terranullius: Claire G. Coleman

Past Texta book club

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 Industries Faculty.

Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.

Claire G. Coleman

To coincide with the exhibition Rite of Passage at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing award-winning novel Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman, an incredible debut from a striking new Aboriginal voice.

In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past?

The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, re-education is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This TERRA NULLIUS is something new, but all too familiar.

The evening commences with a brief tour of Rite of Passage with exhibition curator Shannon Brett, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15PM. Purchase this title from the QUT Bookshop or QUT Art Museum.

Purchase this title from QUT Bookshop

Tuesday 6 April (in-person) and Wednesday 7 April (online), 6:15pm
William Robinson Gallery
Venice, by Nick Earls (from the Wisdom Tree series, five interconnected but separate novellas)

Tuesday 25 May, 6:15pm
QUT Art Museum
The Yield, by Tara June Winch

Tuesday 13 July, 6:15pm
QUT Art Museum
Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

Tuesday 19 October, 6:15pm
QUT Art Museum
Dead bolt by Ella Jeffery

Tuesday 16 November, 6:15pm
William Robinson Gallery
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro


Online with Zoom, register via Eventbrite


5 May 2020





Terra Nullius book cover