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Brave Old World: Bruce Pascoe on The Future


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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


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... Read more

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 cu... Read more

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 ... Read more

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has 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 Li... Read more


Malthouse Outdoor Stage

113 Sturt Street Southbank Victoria 3006

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