Last week a group of Year 10-12 boys from three of our book clubs – Apollo, Aficionados and Gilgamesh Society – had the privilege of travelling to Toowoomba to be in the audience for the live filming of the ABC television show ‘The Book Club’. This was part of ‘ABC On The Road’, an initiative focusing attention on the unique advantages and challenges facing people living in country Queensland.
Jennifer Byrne hosted the show, along with regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger; the panel also included critically acclaimed journalist Matthew Condon, author of a series of books about political corruption in Queensland, and playwright and author Hannie Rayson. Discussion centered around Charlotte Wood’s new novel The Natural Way of Things, and Sebastian Faulk’s “vintage future classic”, Birdsong.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were lucky enough to chat to Jennifer Byrne afterwards.