Memoir Club's next meeting is Tuesday 30 June, 6.00pm,
at Randwick Literary Institute. Do join us to hear Anne Gorman in
conversation with Julie Bail about Anne's memoir, The Country Wife, which Prof.
Edmund Campion described as 'a triumph'.
Book your plate
of yummy vegetarian food ($15, payable on the
night). Text or phone our wonderful caterer Rosada by Sun. 28 June: 0450 907 422.
Specify if you want gluten-free.
Help needed to
set up and pack away: Set up is from 5.30pm. We're usually
packed up by 9pm. Please email Bindu Narula if you can volunteer: email@example.com Much
$15 / $10. Extra gifts welcomed too for a much needed PA system!
Please broadcast the invitation to all who might be interested.
Barbara Brooks, Emily Chantiri, Josephine Grieve, Jessica
Kirkness, Alison Lyssa, Nasrin Mahoutchi,
Bindu Narula, Betty O'Neill and Beth Yahp (Memoir Club
to our next Memoir Club meeting: Tuesday 30 June
2015 6.00—9.00pm Randwick Literary
Institute 60 Clovelly Road,
Randwick 2031 RSVP by 28 May: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Julie Bail
book is a triumph…. I kept admiring the way she did not attempt to jerk
the readers’ emotions but told the story straight and honest and left
readers to add their own emotions. Again and again I noticed how swiftly
she delivered her narrative and admired the spare prose style that made
this possible. It’s a big
book but not a lengthy one.'
- Professor Edmund Campion.
Join us and Anne Gorman, as she discusses her memoir The Country Wife,
and the challenges of re-creating for the reader the intimate often
grief-stricken and always deeply moving experiences of her girlhood,
student life and marriage, while at the same time crafting an insightful
wider context for her personal story.
Gorman was born in Mudgee
NSW, into a house of grief following the loss of her seventeen year old
sister. Anne’s birth would be her mother’s eleventh but not the last.
When she was five, her mother’s nervous breakdown and her father’s death,
events which coincided with the beginning of World War 11, made for
an unstable childhood. Anne grew up in Sydney, and was educated at
Kincoppal-Rose Bay, and for five glorious years at Sydney University,
gaining degrees in Arts and Social Work.
At 23 Anne found herself living in the Riverina on a sheep and wheat
property, married and pregnant, living a life she could never have
imagined. When her husband became gravely ill, an illness lasting over 10
years, Anne found the courage to keep the farm and her family of five
children afloat. Later as a widow and single mother, she grew into a woman
of substance, taking an active part in the big issues of the day, within a
much wider landscape.
Japanese had bombed the US fleet in Hawaii and then gone on to invade the
Philippines, Northern Malaya and Hong Kong. Although I had no idea where
those places were, everyone said this was a calamity and would have big
consequences…… In Sydney there was a
movement to arm the population. People trained as guerrillas, air–raid
shelters were built and mass evacuations to the mountains took place.
Children, especially, were being sent away from the coast to protect them
from the unthinkable. Would we be among
those to be shipped out? Please God make my mother look the other way!
- Anne Gorman, The
About the Memoir Club: a meeting place for readers and
Tuesday of the month (30 June, 28 July, etc., through to 24
Nov.) Time: 6.00 - 9.00pm. Come for a
cuppa and chat from 5.45pm before the program starts at
6.00pm sharp. Help setting
& clearing up: If you can help set up at
5.30pm, and/or stay at the end to help clear up, please email Bindu
Narula who is co-ordinating volunteers: email@example.com Much
appreciated!! Where: The
Randwick Literary Institute (RLI), 60 Clovelly Road, Randwick NSW 2031.
Street parking available. Clovelly bus 339 on the
doorstep. For info on the venue and directions, see: http://randwickliteraryinstitute.com.au/faqs/ What: A
communal space to meet other writers and readers and converse about all
things to do with reading and writing memoir. We are interested in all kinds
of life stories and in different ways of telling them. The genre of life
writing and the possibilities of expanding and reworking the genre is
exciting to us. Therefore we have a somewhat open and inclusive approach to
what makes a memoir, and we hope you do too! Here is a space to connect with
others and share ideas, questions and just hang out. Each meeting will start
off with a talk, conversation or discussion about a particular topic or book,
sometimes with a guest speaker or facilitator, then we move to an informal
gathering and catch up. Donation: $15/$10 at
the door for hall hire, refreshments and guest speakers. Food: $15
for a plate of delicious vegan food from Rosada's Kitchen. Please text
or phone your order to Rosada on 0450 907 422 by Saturday 27
June, if possible, or by Sunday 28 June at the latest, to give Rosada
time to prepare. Specify if you'd like the gluten-free option.
Meetings: 30 June: Anne Gorman in conversation with Julie Bail. 28 July: Rosie Scott in conversation with Beth Yahp. 25 August: Writing Family History - Betty O'Neill.