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The Evening Book Club

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Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden

92 Burke Road

Malvern East, VIC 3145

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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, at 10.30am and 6.30pm.


7 March 2019, 6.30pm
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

By Dominic Smith
(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain--a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.


4 April 2019, 6.30pm
The Strays

By Emily Bitto
(Facilitated by Merren Ricketson)

On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.

Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.


2 May 2019
Into Thin Air

By Jon Krakauer
(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.


6 June 2019
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman
(Facilitated by Fiona Clarke)

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.


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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