The tree of Man: Patrick White

Past Texta book club
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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.

The novel has unforgettable scenes, marvellous characters, wide ranges of mood, strikingly fresh imagery – all those ingredients which make a novel ... become a permanent part of our memory.

Washington Post

To coincide with the exhibition Odd Bedfellows, the novel The Tree of Man by Patrick White is the focus of our next discussion, illustrating a memorable portrait of human resilience.

Stan Parker, with only a horse and a dog for company, journeys to a remote patch of land he has inherited in the Australian hills. Once the land is cleared and a rudimentary house built, he brings his wife Amy to the wilderness. Together they face lives of joy and sorrow as they struggle against the environment.

The evening commences with a brief virtual tour of Odd Bedfellows, followed by a beverage of your choice and generous amounts of conversation about the selected title, from the comfort of your home. Discussions will include audio descriptions of the artworks, which are accessible to people who are blind or with low vision.

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

For any queries, contact QUT Art Museum on 07 3138 5370 or

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


15 September 2020





The Tree of Man book cover