Mirandi Riwoe - Stone Sky, Gold Mountain

Friday 27 March 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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Register until 27 March 2020 4:00 PM

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'...every sentence sings from the page; the imagery is evocative and lingering; the characters are dynamic and authentic; the landscape is rich and detailed and familiar...' Cass Moriarty 

A staggering recreation of an Australian history too few of us know, and a heart-bruising testament of resilience and love. You’ll be gripped - and moved - from the first page.’ Benjamin Law

Beautiful and true. Broke open an all-too-forgotten history of Australia I needed to know about. Then it broke open my heart.’ Trent Dalton

Kristina Olsson launches Mirandi Riwoe’s novel Stone Sky, Gold Mountain.

Read Cass Moriarty's review of Stone Sky, Gold Mountain HERE.

This remarkable novel from Stella Prize shortlisted author Mirandi Riwoe explores cross-cultural intersection and timeless questions of identity and belonging against the backdrop of the gold-rush era in Australia. 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 of Far North Queensland 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, author Mirandi Riwoe, who is of Chinese heritage, explores in a meaningful way the Chinese experience of Australia’s gold rush, drawing on research she conducted in Shanghai and Cooktown, as well as her consultations with the Kuku Yalanji people. Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and universal story about the exiled and displaced, about those who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.


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. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Best Summer Stories. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

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