The Visitors

On a steamy, hot day in January 1788, seven Aboriginal men, representing the nearby clans, gather at Warrane. Several newly arrived ships have been sighted in the great bay to the south, Kamay. The men meet to discuss their response to these visitors. All day, they talk, argue, debate. Where are the visitors from? What do they want? Might they just warra warra wai back to where they came from? Should they be welcomed? Or should they be made to leave? The decision of the men must be unanimous and will have far-reaching implications for all. Throughout the day, the weather is strange, with Mammatus clouds, unbearable heat, and a pending thunderstorm… Somewhere, trouble is brewing.

From award-winning author and playwright Jane Harrison, The Visitors is an audacious, earthy, funny, gritty, and powerful re-imagining of a crucial moment in Australia’s history – and an unputdownable work of fiction.

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