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When Pictures Whisper Stories | Pat Hoffie

This collection of stories was developed by artist and writer Pat Hoffie in response to the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) exhibition, Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane. In 2022, Pat was engaged by MoB as Writer in Residence to respond to the artworks on display through creative writing. The stories she developed focus on different aspects of life in Brisbane and are as diverse as the visions and experiences of the artists whose work inspired them.

When Pictures Whisper Stories comprises ten stories and a ‘fairy tale’ that is the author’s personal homage to Maiwar. With tales both funny and informative, poignant and challenging, this book takes readers on a journey through Brisbane’s past, always maintaining the importance of acknowledging and listening to the Custodians of the land. 

As idiosyncratic as it is illuminating, this collection of stories offers a primer for those interested in delving deeper into the wondrous past of this extraordinary part of Country.

Published by Museum of Brisbane.