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First Nations Book Club at Story Lounge – God, the Devil and Me by Alf Taylor

Thursday August 25, 2022
17:30 - 18:30

Our First Nations Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of texts by First Nations authors. Through an informal conversation we discuss each text, explore its themes, and celebrate First Nations stories and storytellers. Everyone is welcome to attend this safe space.

This session will be facilitated by Luisa Mitchell, a storyteller descended from the Whadjuk Balardong Nyungar people, and the selected text is God, the Devil and Me by Alf Taylor.

In this unique and highly entertaining autobiography, Alf Taylor chronicles his life growing up in the infamous New Norcia Mission, north of Perth in the fifties and sixties. At once darkly humorous and achingly tragic, God, the Devil and Me tells of the life and desperation of the young children forced into the care of the Spanish Nuns and Brothers who ran the Mission. Their lives made up of varying degrees of cruelty and punishments, these children were the ‘little black devils’ that God and religion forgot. Written with an acerbic and brutal wit, Alf intersperses dark childhood memories with a Monty Pythonesque retelling of the Bible, in which Peter is an alcoholic and Judas is a good guy. As a child, underfed, poorly clothed and missing his family, Alf sought refuge in the library in the company of Shakespeare and Michelangelo. He writes with joy about the camaraderie of the boys, their love of sport and their own company, but also notes that many descended into despair upon leaving. Most died early. Alf Taylor is one of the ‘lucky ones’.

Please note this event is being hosted at Story Lounge, our new storytelling pop-up in Hay Street Mall.

 


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This event is free but please RSVP below.

 


TOILET

Please note that the Story Lounge does not have a bathroom but visitors can use the public toilets across Hay Street Mall at the Enex Building.

 


THANK YOU

Story Lounge would not be possible without the Humich Group who donated the Hay Street Mall shopfront to activate the CBD for local writers and artists, as well as financial support from the City of Perth and Australia Council for the Arts.

 

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First Nations Book Club – God, the Devil, and Me

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Luisa Mitchell

Luisa Mitchell is a Broome-born storyteller descended from the Whadjuk Ballardong people. She has published several fictional short stories, non-fiction essays and made films that explore love, magic, family trauma, politics, and the funny side of dark situations.

ABOUT THE VENUE:

The Story Lounge is located on Hay Street Mall between Kmart and Tea2. You’ll find the building featuring two glass sliding doors and a fun and colourful design on the window.

ADDRESS:

720 Hay Street Mall Perth Western Australia, 6000

ACCESS:

The easiest way to get to the Story Lounge is by bus or train. The Story Lounge is just one block from Perth Underground train station and a couple blocks from the Perth Bus Port. The Story Lounge is wheelchair accessible. Public toilets are available via Perth’s Enex building.

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