The Mongarlowe Connection

The Braidwood Literary Institute held another successful Eclectia event last Saturday night at the National Theatre. Consisting of presentations from three remarkable Mongarlowe residents, the event was dubbed a ‘Triclectia’ and was a well-received deviation from the standard Eclectia program. 

Vera Šapov (Shah-pov!) opened the night with a talk and short film discussing her family name and sharing aspects of her father’s life and journey as an accomplished artist who fled war-ravaged Europe. 

Peter Hazell enlightened us all with his discussion of planetary water cycles and why local stream degradation and erosion is a problem with global implications; for us and for future generations. 

Paul Dann delighted us with tales and a slideshow from his astonishing journey in 1960 from Bombay (India) to London and back home again by motorcycle, with only two flat tyres. 

Accompanying these presentations were fixed displays of some of Ilya Šapov’s work and several articles written by Paul Dann during his adventure.

All of the knowledge and narratives presented were woven together by a place called Braidwood. Each Eclectia offers a few more of these precious strands of Braidwood’s story to be shared and enjoyed by all. 

The evening’s presenters were ably marshalled and supported by the attentive, efficient and very punny MC, William Verdon. Chris Bullock was again unflappable as a much appreciated audio-visual technician. A delicious sub-continental supper and sweets were provided by a marvellous team of Braidwood’s Eclectia helpers. The evening’s raffle prize (dinner at the Paydirt Eatery in Braidwood) was won by Jill McLeod.

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