The Reading Group: The Yield by Tara June Winch - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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The Reading Group: The Yield by Tara June Winch


Thursday 29 July 4pm

The Reading Group provides a platform for critical thinking and discussion around the ideas presented in our exhibitions. Fiction and non-fiction titles are selected to connect with and contextualise the exhibitions and discussion is facilitated by Dr Penny Holliday.

 Participants are required to source a copy of the book. All selected books are in print and readily available from booksellers and online.

For Country In Mind we read The Yield by Tara June Winch.

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things—baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land—a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

This is a free event. Bookings essential.

Mitjili Napurrula
Australia born 1945, Luritja
Untitled 2002
Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 150.0 x 180.0cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2002. Donated by Christopher Simon.
© Mitjili Napurrula/Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd