Author Talk - Heather Ellis

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Thursday, 23 November, 2017 - 07:30


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Lerderderg Library
215 Main St
Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

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Moorabool Shire Libraries
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Free Event
Ubuntu Author Talk


Heather Ellis is the author of Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, a memoir about a life-changing adventure into the soul of Africa where she finds Ubuntu—  a traditional Bantu word that means ‘I am because we are’. It is the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one. Published by Black Inc in April 2016 and Illuminatio in Poland in June 2017, Ubuntu has received rave reviews in Australia and internationally and is listed as a ‘Bestseller’ in travel on Amazon.


Ubuntu details Heather's epic journey over 15 months and19 countries riding 42,000 kilometres from south to north Africa during 1993 to 1994. While her memoir is a journey filled with 'survival-against-the-odds' adventures, it is also unfolds as a deeply spiritual journey of personal growth that resonates with all who read Ubuntu.

Heather has worked as a radiation safety technician, a motorcycle courier, a journalist for News Ltd and in communications for the NGO, Plan International. She lives in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne with her three children, and is currently writing the sequel to Ubuntu. And she still rides motorcycles.

Heather Ellis writes about her most daring adventures and deepest struggles with humour, heart, guts and grace. I was enthralled by every page.’ —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild


There is also a twist to her story that:reveals something about Heather Ellis that's even braver still. You'll have to read the afterword to find out about that’. Tony Davis – Australian Financial Review 8/12/2016.

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Monday, 30 October, 2017 - 09:42