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Brave Old World: Victor Steffensen on The Present


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Hosted by author Tony Birch (Blood, Shadowboxing, The White Girl)  Victor Steffensen will be joined by artist, fire management expert and cultural advisor Tammy Gilson and other guests for a lively discussion sparked by his essay, The Planet is Us. Arguing that our environment is inextricably linked to our personal and collective health, Steffensen is passionate about developing a greater understanding of the link between nature and ourselves. Steffensen will discuss new ways of tackling the environmental challenges of today as we emerge from the ashes of last year’s fires and continue to grapple with the lasting impacts of the pandemic. To begin the day, Gheran-Yarraman Steel (Briggs) will give a Welcome to Country.

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


Victor Steffensen

Victor Steffensen is a descendant of the Tagalaka people through his mother’s connections from the Gulf Country of north Queensland, the co-founder of the National Indigenous Fire Workshops and the author of Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia. He’s a writer, ... Read more

Tammy Gilson

Tammy Gilson, Wadawurrung ba-gurrk (woman) who lives on Wadawurrung Country, Tammy refers to her, ‘Nan’s Country’. Tammy acknowledges her ancestors and Elders who have walked before her. Tammy works as an Aboriginal Inclusion Coordinator for the Department of Environment Land Water and Plannin... Read more

Tony Birch

Tony Birch holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at Melbourne University. He is the author of three novels, five short fiction collections, and two poetry books. In 2023 he will release a new novel, Women and Children. ... Read more

Gheran-Yarraman Steel (Briggs)

Gheran-Yarraman is currently undertaking his Juris Doctorate at Monash Law Chambers and has completed his MBA (Executive) at RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law, where he gained a passion for Design Thinking and Cultural Intelligence. As a purpose-driven Indigenous professional, Gheran now util... Read more

Jill Gallagher

Jill Gallagher AO is a Gunditjmara woman from Western Victoria who has worked within, led and advocated for the Victorian Aboriginal community all her life.  Since 1998 this has been through the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), now one of Australia’s lar... Read more


Malthouse Outdoor Stage

113 Sturt Street Southbank Victoria 3006

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