The Comfort of Water – A River Pilgrimage

a new book by Maya Ward


Castlemaine launch, July 23, 2011.

This will be held at Lot 19.

Janet Phillips will be launching the event,

mamas kitchen will be serving exquisite hungarian food for vegans gluten intolerants and meat lovers, and papas bar will provide refreshments

3pm on Saturday 23rd of July,

in the heated gallery, we hope to see you there.

Melbourne launch

There will be another launch of this book in Melbourne, at Friends of the Earth, July 6th.

Full details here.

The book will be launched on Thursday 2 June 2011 – 6 for 6.30pm
at the Bella Union, Trades Hall. Level 1, corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South
RSVP: or 03 9332 7847

This is the joyful yet heartbreaking true story of four friends who walk a 21- day pilgrimage from the sea to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River. There is no path for most of the way, but offers of campsites and boats, and free access to private lands, illustrates the generosity shown to pilgrims even in modern times. Maya Ward’s lyrical exploration of her river as it winds through the city and the wild is a revelation, a testament to the fact that the greatest of worlds are often at our doorstep. Its author understands the power of the natural world to transform lives, and writes about the connection between a river and the self with humility, humour, and a clear-headed wisdom.

The telling of her own journey and that of her fellow walkers is seamlessly woven together with ecological and cultural history, the revelation of the pilgrim’s path and the unknowable depth of Aboriginal myth. Through trekking this Wurundjeri Songline, this ancient, ever-renewing river, she discovers rich possibilities of belonging, and shares how a river can nourish the passion and resilience required to transform our world.

Further information here.


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