The UQ Book Club launches in May

5 May 2020

Discover the exciting world of Australian literature through UQ Book Club!

Now more than ever, we may find ourselves turning towards literature. Whether we are picking up a book for the first time or rediscovering a beloved pastime, literature can aid in the suddenly pressing need to escape from reality, to find a sense of hope and to provide comfort.

Hosted by the School's own Associate Professor Stephen Carleton, The UQ Book Club will launch in May, taking us through self-isolation and into a post-pandemic era. Each month, the book club will champion and discuss works of Australian literature as part of an interactive online community.

“At the Centre for Critical and Creative Writing, we want to make UQ the best place in Australia to become a writer and to think critically about writing that makes a difference in the world. I think that brief really aligns with some of the aims of the book club,” Associate Professor Carleton said.

Each month,  Associate Professor Carleton will be joined by a guest from the Australian literary scene, opening with a discussion and followed by a Q&A with audience members.

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Book of the Month — Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

 Mirandi Riwoe will be the guest speaker for the first meeting of UQ Book Club

Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue gets a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying finds work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late 19th century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s UQ Fiction Prize, and Stone Sky, Gold Mountain. Her work has appeared in Best Australian StoriesMeanjinReview of Australian FictionGriffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and lives in Brisbane.

Stone Sky Gold Mountain is available for purchase through UQ Press.

 Use the code UQBOOKCLUB at checkout to receive 20 per cent off.

About our host 

After discovering theatre during his university days, Associate Professor Stephen Carleton has been no stranger to the world of creative arts. A playwright by trade, his plays have been produced across Australia and he has won awards including the Griffin Award (2015) for The Turquoise Elephant, and the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Play (2017) for Bastard Territory. As Director at UQ’s Centre for Critical and Creative Writing, it is fitting that he will now also host UQ’s monthly Book Club.