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Fullers Bookshop – Reading Group

Fullers Bookshop or Afterword Cafe, 131 Collins St, nipaluna/Hobart

The August session of the Fullers Bookshop Reading Group are reading Jane Harrison’s The Visitors.

The Visitors is an audacious, earthy, funny, gritty and powerful re-imaging of a crucial moment in Australia’s history – an unputdownable work of fiction.

On a steamy, hot day in January 1788, seven Aboriginal men, Elder statesmen representing the nearby clans, gather at Warrane. Several newly arrived ships are in the harbour. The men meet to discuss their response to these Visitors. All day, they talk, argue, debate. Where are the Visitors from? What do they want? Might they just warra warra wai back to where they came from? Should they be welcomed? Or should they be made to leave?

The decision of the men must be unanimous – and will have far-reaching implications for all. Throughout the day the weather is strange, with mammatus clouds, unbearable heat, and a pending thunderstorm … Somewhere, trouble is brewing.

From award-winning author and playwright Jane Harrison, The Visitors – based on her smash hit play of the same name – is powerful, playful, provocative and moving, a radical re-envisioning of history and an unputdownable work of fiction – think Twelve Angry Men but with an authentic Australian flavour and humour.

The Fullers Reading Group is our flagship book club. It is run by Rayne, who has recently returned to Tasmania after having spent fifteen years abroad teaching History, Classics, and Great Books classes at various universities in the USA and UK. Reading Group – Fullers Bookshop

Sessions are held in the first week of each month (see below). Session times are as follows, as at 28 March 2024 (please note they may be subject to change or revision):

1. Mondays 9:30am-10:30am (Afterword Cafe)
2. Tuesday mornings 9:30am-10:30am (Afterword Cafe)
3. Tuesday evenings 6.00pm-7.00pm (Fullers Bookshop)
4. Saturdays 9:30-10:30am (Afterword Cafe)
5. Second Wednesdays 6.00pm-7.00pm (Fullers Bookshop)

All morning groups will meet in the cafe, the evening groups will meet at the front of the shop near new releases.

Each group will be capped at 15 members. Please refrain from attending if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, or are generally unwell.

For more information, or to express your interesting in joining, please contact Rayne at [email protected].