The Di Gribble Argument

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Artwork by Dr Bronwyn Bancroft

at Malthouse Outdoor Stage

Brave Old World: Bruce Pascoe on The Future

In this very special event hosted by poet and Overland co-editor Evelyn Araluen, Bruce Pascoe will discuss his bold vision for the future of agriculture as outlined in his essay, Brave Old World. Also joining in the discussion will be Bruce’s son, Jack Pascoe, who specialises in science-based conservation in the Victorian Otways region, and artist and activist Arika Waulu. The panel will discuss the essential need to prioritise First Nations knowledge systems when it comes to caring for Country, a new approach to land ownership and the seeds of hope that have germinated in the fires of 2020.

The  Di Gribble Argument 2021 is a full day of events held at the Malthouse Outdoor Stage featuring a broad range of First Nations speakers discussing and reflecting on the ideas raised in essays by authors Bruce Pascoe and Victor Steffensen and writer, poet, singer and performer, Teila Watson. Through panels, performance and music, the events and  essays will encourage multi-generational public dialogue that empowers individuals to engage with environmental action.   


This event will be Auslan interpreted.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

The Di Gribble Argument 2021 is proudly supported by Creative Partnerships Australia.

The Saturday Paper and Triple R are media partners of The Di Gribble Argument 2021: Brave Old World event series


Portrait of Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He’s the author of the best-selling Dark Emu, Young Dark Emu: A Truer History, Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia and over thirty other books including the short story collections Night Animals and Nightjar, and academic texts including The Little Red Yellow Black Book with AIATSIS. Dark Emu (Magabala Books) won Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2016, and has now sold in excess of 200,000 copies.

Portrait of Jack Pascoe

Jack Pascoe

Jack Pascoe is a Yuin man living in Gadabanut country with a background in ecological research and conservation land management, and is currently the Conservation and Research Manager at the Conservation Ecology Centre.

His key fields of interest are in applied wildlife and fire ecology. Jack is currently a member of DELWP’s Scientific Reference Panel and is the Chairperson of Black Duck Foods, an Indigenous social enterprise committed to traditional food growing processes that care for Country and return economic benefits directly to Indigenous people.

Portrait of Zena Cumpston

Zena Cumpston

Zena is a Barkandji woman currently working as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her work centres around Aboriginal perspectives of biodiversity and she recently released a free e-booklet that explores Aboriginal plant use. Zena also works as a writer and consultant and is currently curating the exhibition ‘Emu Sky’ in collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne, opening at Old Quad in July 2021. Through the work of Aboriginal artists including Uncle Badger Bates, Dr Jonathan Jones, Dr Aunty Vicki Couzens and Genevieve Grieves, ‘Emu Sky’ explores the lens through which Aboriginal ecological knowledge has been perceived since Invasion.

Portrait of Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland literary journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry have been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug Country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.

The Di Gribble Argument

The Di Gribble Argument honours the contribution of an extraordinary powerhouse of Australian public life, providing an indelible addition to the national debate.

The late Di Gribble was a force in Australian cultural and intellectual life. Publisher, editor, businesswoman: her impact on the world of books, writing and ideas cannot be overstated. Together with Hilary McPhee, Di Gribble established McPhee Gribble in 1975. McPhee and Gribble were the first to publish such iconic Australian writers such as Helen Garner, Tim Winton, and Kaz Cooke, to name a few. In 1990, Gribble went on to found Text Publishing together with the inaugural Chair of the Wheeler Centre, Eric Beecher, attracting writers like Tim Flannery, Peter Singer, and Shane Maloney. Not many can say that they founded two iconic publishing houses within their lifetime; suffice to say that Di Gribble’s influence on Australian literature is sure to be felt for a long time to come.


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