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Dark Emu Revisited

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With his 2014 book, Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe presented robust evidence that entrenched assumptions about Aboriginal hunter-gatherer societies were false. Nobody predicted the intense, ongoing interest that would follow. Drawing from the journals of European explorers, Pascoe showed that pre-settlement Aboriginal people engaged in various forms of agriculture.

Dark Emu itself was just the beginning of a series of challenging conversations led by Pascoe about the way Aboriginal people lived before colonisation. At Bendigo Writers Festival, with writer and academic Tony Birch, Pascoe will revisit Dark Emu and expand on the book’s research findings and reception. What does challenging the past of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people mean for the present?

Our bookseller at this event will be Dymocks Bendigo.

Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival.

Featuring

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

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and three short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Pa... Read more

Location

Strategem Studio at Ulumbarra Theatre

10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550

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