Nature of event: Book Launch of Not the Same Sky by Evelyn Conlon.
Where: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton.
When: 6.30 pm
Cost: Free Entry
Further information: Book launch
Dr Mike Richards, former deputy CEO of the Age, will launch the novel Not the Same Sky by Evelyn Conlon. Elegant, subtle, and suffused with humour, this compelling novel tells the story of four Irish famine girls and their voyage to Australia in 1848.
By 1848 famine has ravaged Ireland, and London remains undecided about what to do. A shortage of female labour in Australia offers a kind of solution and so, over the following two years, more than 4000 Irish girls are shipped across vast oceans to an unimaginable world in the new colony. On Sunday 28 October 1849, one of these ships, the Thomas Arbuthnot, sets sail from Plymouth with a cargo of girls under the care of Surgeon-superintendent Charles Strutt.
Not the Same Sky tells the story of Honora, Julia, Bridget and Anne. It observes them on the voyage, examining their relationship of trust with Charles Strutt, and follows them from Sydney as they become women of Australia, negotiating their new lives as best they can. A stark, poetic intensity gives these young women historical importance and human presence in an elegant and subtle novel suffused with humour.
The event will be held on Thursday 5 September, from 6.30 pm at the Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street. Wines will be served courtesy of Fox Creek Wines, and books will be on sale.
See Further Information for more details.