|Event: Book launch: ‘The Silent Book’ by Bernadette T Wallis
To be officially launched by Val Noone, Social Historian and Irish Language Researcher.Where: The Celtic Club
316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 When: Friday 4th November 2016 7.00pm for a 7.30m start.
Cost: A Free event. Meals available from 5pm at the Club
RSVP: Missionary Sisters; Ph: 9873 5520
Further information: Missionary Sisters of Service & The John Wallis Foundation
PO Box 2075, Rangeview Vic 3132; Ph: 03 9873 5520
(An Auslan Interpreter will be present)
An engrossing story, both deeply personal and historical, of the disappearing Australian-Irish sign language told through the experience of Bernadette’s own Deaf family.
‘The Silent Book’ will be revelatory for most of us as we learn the history of a “threatened” language once so vital in Australia. It is a fascinating tale in diverse ways: in its closeness to the colonial and rural context of its protagonists, its respect for indigenous naming and knowledge of that same landscape, its careful introduction of the reader into a chronology of thinking about deafness and ways of educating deaf children……
Margaret Coffey, Broadcaster
and Journalist Melbourne