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Texta book club: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

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QUT Art Museum

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Brisbane, QLD 4000

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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art.

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"Each of these stories is heartbreaking in its own way, but some have moments of great comedy, and they all require a level of attention that, typically, Ishiguro's writing rewards." - The Observer

To coincide with the exhibition William Robinson: Nocturne at the William Robinson Gallery, we will be discussing Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro, a collection of five short stories in which music is a vivid and essential character.

In a sublime story cycle, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro explores ideas of love, music, and the passing of time. From the piazzas of Italy to the Malvern Hills, a London flat to the 'hush-hush floor' of an exclusive Hollywood hotel, the characters we encounter range from young dreamers to cafe musicians to faded stars, all of them at some moment of reckoning. Gentle, intimate, and witty, this quintet is marked by a haunting theme: the struggle to keep alive a sense of life's romance, even as one gets older, relationships flounder and youthful hopes recede.

The evening commences with a tour of the current exhibition, followed by a beverage of your choice and conversations about Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. Discussions will include audio descriptions of the artworks, which make art accessible for people who are blind or with low vision.

About Texta

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, Education and Social Justice Faculty.

Texta is held throughout the year on Tuesday evenings. Purchase this title as an audiobook from audible, from the Bookshop at the QUT Depot or QUT Art Museum.

For any queries, contact QUT Art Museum on 07 3138 5370 or artmuseum@qut.edu.au.

Register to let us know you're coming and please read our COVID Safe guidelines before attending. If you are unwell please cancel your booking.

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara, as the First Nations owners of the lands where QUT now stands. We pay respect to their Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits. We recognise that these lands have always been places of teaching, research and learning.


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Housed in the graceful setting of Old Government House on QUT's Gardens Point campus, Brisbane, the William Robinson Gallery honours the life and work of this distinguished contemporary Australian painter and QUT alumnus. The Gallery houses the William Robinson Collection, temporary exhibitions and an archive focusing on Robinson's art.

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