Please note our meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 March, as our customary date clashes with the Stepping Stone House Bridge Day.
This month we will meet in the Carabella Room to discuss ‘The Yield’ by by June Winch. Do join us for lunch afterwards in the Careening Cove.
Winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award
‘The yield’ in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things- baayanha.
Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.
August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land – a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.
Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch’s The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.
Date: Tuesday 16 March
Venue: Carabella Room
Cost: $10 includes coffee & tea.
This event is only for Members and their guests.
Please register via the form below, and indicate whether you would like a reservation for lunch afterwards.