ZOOM BOOKCLUB: Brenda Niall’s Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers: Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson
July 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman.
Friends and Rivals is a vivid and engaging account of the intersecting and entwined lives of Ethel Turner, author of the much loved Seven Little Australians, Barbara Baynton, who wrote of the harshness of bush life, Nettie Palmer, essayist and critic, and Henry Handel Richardson, of The Getting of Wisdom and The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney fame.
Brenda Niall illuminates a fascinating time in Australia’s literary history and brings to life the remarkable women who made it so.
Our bookclub has flourished through times of COVID and we’ve been thrilled to welcome the authors of the books chosen to join our discussions. An invitation has been extended to Brenda to join us – we’ll up date you on whether she is able to or not. By July I’m afraid authors will have many calls on their times – we’ve been spoilt during COVID – so it is no longer always possible for authors to join us. We’ll see!
And by July we will probably be a mix of people meeting in the RHSV with a glass of wine and some cheese whilst other Zoom in. Zoom invitations will be sent just prior to the bookclub date.