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September 8
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


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Non-Fiction Book Group: Uluru Statement

A Melbourne Forum Interest Group

Hosted by:
Peter Lamell
Dianne Jacobs

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


‘Finding the Heart of the Nation: Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth’ by Thomas Mayor is our next book for discussion.

“If Australia were a child, she would be traumatised by a past that she is told to forget. She has witnessed her custodians being murdered and raped, scattered to the margins of society. She suffers for what she has seen. She cannot forget. Her heart beat is fading. On 26 May 2017, a historic moment at Uluru gave this country hope. Those custodians came together, reached into their own hearts, and gifted us with a roadmap to find the heart of the nation – The Uluru Statement from the Heart. When you read this book, you will be feeling the pulse of this beautiful country, Australia. Finding the Heart of the Nation is a book full of stories about extraordinary people who will take you on an unforgettable journey to a place where we can start a new beginning. This book is a call to action that you will never forget.” – Thomas Mayor, 2019.

Since the Uluru Statement from the Heart was formed in 2017, Thomas Mayor (a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin) has traveled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. He visited communities big and small, often with the Uluru Statement canvas rolled up in a tube under his arm. Through the story of his own journey and interviews with 20 key people, Thomas taps into a deep sense of our shared humanity.

The voices within these chapters make clear what the Uluru Statement is and why it is so important.

Click on the Ex Libris image to access member-only content about the book, videos by the author Thomas Mayor, add your thoughts, view NGV’s 3D Marking Time exhibition on indigenous art or subscribe to the post.

‘Finding the Heart of the Nation’ is published by Hardie Grant Travel, October 2019.

This Melbourne Forum interest group gives us an opportunity to view contemporary themes through the lens of the non-fiction written word. Come with an open mind, hear differing perspectives and uncover what your fellow readers think.

As our group continues to meet during the year, we’ll be posting on Ex Libris each new theme, book, written piece, poll or author interview for the interest group to explore.