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The Evening Book Club

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Join the Duldig Book Club today and discover some wonderful books and participate in stimulating conversations. The discussions will be facilitated by one of our highly experienced facilitators, Fiona Clarke or Merren Ricketson. Our Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

7 February 2019, 6.30pm
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
By Michael Finkel

Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life--why did he leave? what did he learn?--as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.


OUR FACILITATORS

Fiona Clarke
Fiona Clarke worked for many years as a Social Worker and during this time completed post graduate studies in Fine Arts at University of Melbourne. She later completed her Secondary Teaching Diploma of Education in English and History at Monash University. Fiona recently worked as a sessional teacher at the National Gallery of Victoria for thirteen years. She facilitated the NGV Book club for over three years and curated two NGV Writers Festivals. She has also been a Voluntary guide at the NGV for eighteen years.

Merren Ricketson
Merren is a English/Humanities teacher. She worked as a sessional Educator at the National Gallery of Victoria for over 30 years using the collections to enhance students’ written and oral communication skills. Merren was the Curator of Top Arts for 16 years and managed the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Season of Excellence, working closely with student artists, designers and performers for over a decade. More recently Merren studied Auslan and currently works with Deaf artists on monthly public tours at the NGV, and as a sessional teacher at the Victorian College for the Deaf.

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