Voices Off Auslan Bookclub

Here at Avid Reader we are committed to accessible and inclusive enjoyment of reading and language, and are very pleased our links with the Deaf and hard of hearing communities are becoming deeper.

Our former Media Manager Chris Currie now proudly works for Deaf Services, one of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations providing support to Deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages. We have been working with Chris to facilitate Auslan interpreting at our larger events (including our sold out event with Carly Findlay).

We are very excited to announce the formation of a new Auslan bookclub called Voices Off. Created and facilitated by our Events Assistant Indy Medeiros (who has spent seven years studying Auslan), it signals an exciting shift for Avid Reader as we broaden our accessibility and make connections with all members of our local community.

Voices Off is open to Deaf and hard of hearing people, hearing students of Auslan and anyone interested in practicing Auslan with other readers. The monthly bookclub discussion will be conducted completely in Auslan. As with our other bookclubs, each month's book must be purchased from Avid Reader, and you will receive a 10% discount on the chosen book.

Voices Off Auslan Bookclub will meet at 6.30pm on the first Friday of every month. The first meeting will be on Friday 5 April, and we will discuss Swim by Avi Duckor-Jones. The following month we will discuss The Wounded Sinner by Gus Henderson.

We have also just received copies of Earshot, a gorgeous book of photographic stories of Deaf and hard of hearing Australians produced by Melbourne photographer Kate Disher-Quill. One in six Australians experience deafness or hearing loss yet it is an issue which is rarely talked about. Using photography and multimedia Earshot aims to break down barriers and to open a conversation about an issue which is often seen as taboo. You can watch a short video of Kate Disher-Quill introducing the book here.

Come in and look at the book for yourself, or join us for the first Voices Off Auslan Bookclub in April!