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Reminder 6 October at Sharon’s Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe



Sharon’s, 35 Cascade, WWF


August 2017 Meeting


9777Present and Correct : Catherine, Sandra, Lynette, Heidi, Trish

Absent : Anne, Gabrielle, Sharon, Katie

Discussion : The God of Small Things was recommended to Catherine by a friend.  Catherine has been to India and could smell the things described.  The book was appreciated for its beautiful language. Some enjoyed the non-linear story telling, others found it difficult.

Score : 4

Next book : Moonglow by Michael Chabon

July 2017 Meeting


29248613._UY2048_SS2048_Present were: Ros, Ann, Lynette,  Sandra, Katie

Discussion : Lots of interesting chat from George Pell to Pauline Hansen to the Kimberley.

Comments included “unrelentingly bleak”, ‘real’, ‘loved it as much as Burial Rites’, ‘evocative’,  ‘I found the fragility of the life amazing’ & ‘One small thing goes wrong & you’re gone’. Others thought that the people were really tough as they could survive such tough conditions, although in the podcast she said that this was before the potato blight hit & that the people’s diet was actually quite good. We also discussed the role of the new priest, Mary’s life & the motivation of Eilis, the role of “fairies” in so many societies, including Myanmar which I discovered in January.

Lots of chocolate foodstuffs consumed by all Ros

Score : 4

Reminder 7 July at Ros’ The Good People by Hannah Kent



Ros’ – 46 Crampton, S-

Glossary for The Good People by Hannah Kent

  • Aine – pronounced. Eyener
  • Eilis – pr. Eyelish


I found the meanings of these words on Word Hippo and/or Forvo (on this site you can hear the words pronounced – choose Irish where more than one choice is available).

Bean sidhe – banshee

Cillin – cell, tank

Caoineadh – crying, dirge, mourning pr. Queenah (see below also)

Keening – traditional vocal lament for the dead in Ireland & Scotland – look up “Funeral keeing” posted by Hate Forest on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzDXajCwzq4

Queenah – see Caoineadh above

Bean feasa – wise woman, witch

Ban fassa – same as Bean feasa above

Poitin – irish alcoholic drink (pr. pocheen)

P26 – Rath – ring fort

P29 – sugan – straw, pejorative term/straw man

P30 – bothan – bothy, hut

P36 – cailin – colleen, girl

P39 – praiseach – gruel

P46 – glanrosc – eyebright/euphrasy – a plant used for treating diseases of the eye https://glosbe.com/ga/en/glanrosc & http://www.dictionary.com/browse/eyebright

P48 – samhain eve – Halloween (samhain = November)

P48 – puca – puck, imp

P49 – sioga – fairies

P102 – bean leighis – healer, medical woman

P119 – sigh gaoithe – ? sigh of the wind

P175 – bodhrang – ? bodhraigh = bother or bodhaire = deafness

P175 – cailleach – bag, cat, hag, witch

P175 – piseogs – superstition, curse

P189 – cuaird – circuit

P261 – sliotar – hurling ball

P321 – bealtaine – May (month)

P354 – crostail –

P366 – sleanta – I wonder if this is supposed to be slainte – an Irish and Scots gaelic word used when drinking – akin to ‘cheers’

June 2017 Meeting


Clinging on to the disc : Sandra, Sharon, Anne, Katie, Ros, Lynette, Trish, Gabrielle and Heidi

Lost over the rim : Catherine, Mary, Heather

Business : Gabrielle reminded us that this meeting marks our 10th anniversary and she kindly provided cake, sparklers and cinematographer (Thanks Dom) to celebrate.


(We have to ‘upgrade our plan’ to be able to show this as a video – I will send via email to those who are not on Facebook)

Discussion : So this is what was said of the Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

“Irreverent and silly | Without plot | A hoot | Funny and full of references | Light and easy to read”

The book scored 3 out of 5.

Next meeting : The Good People by Hannah Kent at Ros’ house. PM or email me for address details should you need it – H

Happy Birthday everyone!