Back to All Events

Reading With Spiritual Eyes

  • St Francis College 233 Milton Road Milton, QLD, 4064 Australia (map)

On Tuesday, 26 November at 5:30pm, join us for a book chat exploring Term 4's book, You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr.

The book that will change the way you see the world.

2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he's not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they 'make men out of boys'. Guaranteed.

1901. The height of the second Boer War in South Africa. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

“A poignant debut, written with empathy ... Barr's first novel is distinguished by its compassion, its wisdom and its remarkable sense of poetry” –  GUARDIAN

“The harsh poetry of the land anchors the text, its red earth stretching out beneath starlit stillness, unchanging from generation to generation … By its end, so many instinctive responses will have been upturned that the reader will be left with just two certainties: that the circularity of man's cruelty to his fellow human beings is endless, and that only kindness is stronger” –  OBSERVER

Facilitated discussion with drinks and nibbles provided.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to or via Eventbrite

Earlier Event: October 12
Brisbane Open House