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Conversation with John Blay: Walking and Writing through the Bundian Way

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Conversation with John Blay: Walking and Writing through the Bundian Way

Thursday 19 November 2015

Bega Valley Shire Library is pleased to launch a new chat-style event called ‘Conversations’ with well-known Bundian Way walker and author, John Blay.

Mr Blay will visit the Bermagui library on Saturday 5 December at 10am to talk about and discuss the history of the Bundian Way and his latest book ‘On Track: Searching Out The Bundian Way’.

Programs and Partnerships Officer, Scott Baker said the library was thrilled to host John Blay as the first ‘Conversations’ presenter.

“The format for ‘Conversations’ is informal and I hope it will give people an opportunity to interact with presenters, share their own knowledge and start a conversation,” he said.

The first Conversations series will feature three events at libraries in December.

“The Conversations topics are varied and designed to appeal to a wide audience,” explained Mr Baker.

“After John’s talk on the Bundian Way we have Council’s Environmental Health Coordinator Greg O’Donnell talking about pool safety at Bega library and award-winning author Ian Hoskins giving a talk and workshop at Eden library.” 

The Bundian Way is a shared history pathway based on an ancient Aboriginal walking route between the Kosciuszko high country and Twofold Bay near Eden. Its 390-kilometre route traverses some of the nation’s wildest and most remarkable landscapes from the highest part of the continent to the ocean.

Mr Blay said the function of the Bundian Way is not simply about the practicalities of walking and reconciliation.

“It’s those other qualities, the most ancient and ageless ones, that have inspired me and fortified my work for many years,” he said.

“What is it really like out there in the wildest places like Byadbo or the Brogo wilderness? How can you make words capture what’s there?”

John Blay is the author of other books including ‘Part of the Scenery’ and ‘Trek Through the Back Country’.

There is no need to book for this free event. ‘Conversation with John Blay’ will be at Bermagui library on Saturday 5 December at 10am.

For more information please contact Bermagui library on 6499 2411.

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