Literary Morning Tea
In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Dreamtime Alice, Mandy Sayer tells the story of the ten years she and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.
Even though we'd grown up in vastly different cultures and countries, we'd both known poverty, domestic violence and the expectation that neither one of us would ever amount to anything.
That was probably what united us more than anything: our shared defiance of that prediction.
She tap-danced on street corners for people's small change. He was an out-of-work university teacher, poet and Vietnam vet.
She was white and from Australia. He was black and from the Deep South. They met on Mardi Gras, New Orleans in 1985. She was twenty-two. He was nearly forty.
They fell in love. They married. What happened next will thrill, move, perplex and enrage you. It will break your heart.
The Poet's Wife tells the story of the ten years that Mandy Sayer and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.
During that time he became a famous poet, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honour for poetry in the United States, and a university professor.
Mandy Sayer won the Australian-Vogel Award in 1989 for her novel Mood Indigo. She has written five works of fiction, edited one anthology (with another due for publication later this year), and written two memoirs, Dreamtime Alice, which won the 2000 National Biography Award and Velocity, which won the Age Non- Fiction Prize. She lives in Sydney.
Join Mandy ‘In Conversation’ with writer, journalist Phil Brown.
Mandy Sayer - The Poet's Wife Literary Morning Tea
Date: Saturday 26 July
Price: $40 Adults - $35 Concessions (On presentation of Concession card)
Venue: Rickys River Lounge and Restaurant, Quamby Place
Duration: 75 minutes (includes Morning Tea)
Inclusions: Morning Tea and In Conversation event.
Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 80 only.
Rickys River Lounge and Restaurant, Noosa Heads
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