Patti Miller - The Joy of High Places
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Kristina Olsson is in-conversation with Patti Miller at the launch of her memoir The Joy of High Places.
They didn’t know it, but Patti Miller and her brother, Barney, shared something in common – a passion for the illuminating joy of wild nature – with all its challenges and dangers. In this extraordinary and unexpected book, Patti tells the story of her own long-distance walking over hundreds of kilometres in Europe and of her brother’s obsession with paragliding.
During their shared childhood on a farm these siblings were virtual strangers under the same roof. As adults, a tragic accident changes their relationship. One day, Barney’s wing collapses and he plummets to earth, breaking his spine. The story of his struggle to walk again intersects Patti’s long-distance journeys, creating an intense narrative of determination and triumph.
For Patti, walking is a radical act – a return to what has made us all human – that bestows a connection to wild nature and to creativity itself. But as she listens to her pragmatic and methodical brother tell his story, she learns that flying is his door to untrammelled joy too. She realises that she is ‘meeting’ him for the very first time.
This beautiful and inspiring book tells that story and reveals that the siblings share a willingness to take risks and an indefatigable determination. And much besides.
Patti Miller is an award winning writer as well as tutor and mentor of other writers. She is the author of eight books – non fiction, memoir and fiction. She is also included in three collections and has contributed articles, essays, stories and interviews to numerous literary magazines and newspapers, including Southerly, Mattoid, H.Q, The Melbourne Age, The Australian, Good Reading Magazine, SMH’s The Good Weekend, SMH’s Spectrum, The Guardian (UK), Asia Literary Review, Christchurch Press, Island, Art Monthly, Eureka St, Look, Mama Mia, SA Weekend Magazine, Adelaide Advertiser, Bonjour Paris, The Courier-Mail and Meanjin.