Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories. In Australian Gypsies, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a vivid, wide-ranging history that begins with the roots of the Romani culture, tracing the first Gypsy people to arrive in Australia (including James Squire, the colony’s first brewer) through to Gypsy families today, who share the stories of their ancestors and their lives.
With her unconventional, nomadic early life, Mandy Sayer has a unique insight into the lives of the people she meets, and a strong sense of the importance of their history. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.
In conversation with Professor Ann McGrath (ANU).
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Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink)
Mandy Sayer is an award-wining novelist and non-fiction writer. As the daughter of a musician, she spent her childhood and adolescence living a nomadic existence in Australia and America, as accounted in her memoir Dreamtime Alice, for which she won the National Biography Award. Her work has been published in the US, UK, Germany, Brazil, Japan and China.