MAG (Mature Age Gay) Sydney

Guest Speakers

Professor John Snowden - 26th February 2005
Suicide and its Prevention
A Talk by Bunny Gibson - 13 November 2004
Our evening with Michael Kirby - 24 April 2004
Tony Laffan - 25 October 2003
Family History
Phil Scott - 13 July 2002
Serious Cabaret
Brad Gray - 29 June 2002
Street Safety
Brendon and Mark - 8 June 2002
The Sydney Gay 2002 Gay Games VI and Cultural Festival
Michael Schembri - 11 May 2002
Adam - 27 April 2002
The Art of Bodyshaving
Professor Jeffrey Ringer - 30 March 2002
Male Love Stories
Brian Nicholls - 12 January 2002
A Saucepan In The Sky
John Marsden - 24 November 2001
Gay men should be political
Sgt Matt O'Neill - 27 October 2001
NSW Police Service
Joanne Coleman - 25 August 2001
A Part time-girl
Peter Whitford - 28 July 2001
Mexicans with Mobiles

A Saucepan In The Sky

Brian Nicholls - Guest Speaker on 12 January 2002

Brian grew up in Petersham, left school at 15. Later, for 22 years, he worked for the ABC, producing such extraordinary and memorable shows as Quantum and In The Wild. And then he decided to 'remember' growing up with "a group of very naughty uncles".

His book, A Saucepan In The Sky, published by Hale & Iremonger, is the wonderful result. Now Brian's out on the speakers circuit making people laugh (except when their eyes are a bit misty with nostalgia.)

"Remembering is a bit like jogging," he said. "The more you do the more comes back." As he read chapter 12 we understood. Brian's time on stage, including the reading, was well inside the MAG time limit of 20 minutes, so you'd understand it's a brisk writing style he's got, the one that makes you want to re-live the details.

In chapter 12 Brian's about nine or ten years old. His mother - and her boyfriend - want him out of the house. It's Saturday afternoon and the walls are paper-thin! It's an unusual household, Gran seems to have a boyfriend too. They send him to 'buy a loaf of bread and some lollies'. Suck them slowly, they say, and don't come back till they're gone. And then the problems start (a dog pisses on the loaf of bread) and then uncle Stan rescues him. Brian wrote this, he said, "because this was the first time I felt abandoned, alone in the world. Although it's chapter 12, "it's probably the first chapter I wrote."

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