Join Associate Professor Stephen Carleton and Mirandi Riwoe author of Stone Gold Sky Mountain. The UQ Book Club will open with a discussion of the book before moving to an interactive Q&A session. At the end of the session, audience members will be invited to vote on the book for June.


About Stone Sky Gold Mountain

Family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in Australia. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue gets a job as a carrier on an overland expedition, while Ying finds work in a local store and strikes up a friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with her own troubled past. When a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.


About our May author

Mirandi Riwoe
Mirandi Riwoe is the author of the novella The Fish Girl, which won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Award’s UQ Fiction Prize, and Stone Sky, Gold Mountain. Her work has appeared in Best Australian StoriesMeanjinReview of Australian FictionGriffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies and lives in Brisbane.


Questions to consider

  1. How does the author conjure up time and place succesfully for you in this book? What are the sorts of fine details that ring true and bring the Far North Queensland gold fields and shanty towns in the late 1800s to life?
  2.  Which aspects of this novel - to do with racism, immigration policy, sexism - are still contested issues in society today? Do you think the situation has improved or worsened in regard to these issues?
  3.  Did you have a favourite scene in the book? Which one, and why?
About UQ Press (UQP)

UQP is one of Australia’s leading publishing houses. Established in 1948 as a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Queensland, UQP has consistently produced culturally significant works across genres such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as children's and young adult books.



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