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Robin Wall Kimmerer and Tara June Winch

‘When a language dies, so much more than words are lost,’ the botanist and writer Robin Wall Kimmerer has said. ‘Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else.’

In our third Broadly Speaking talk on translation and language, we'll bring together two First Nations writers whose work reflects on Indigenous languages and the languages of the natural world.

Kimmerer is a professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She’s also the author of the remarkable bestselling essay collection, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.  

On 27 October, she'll speak with acclaimed Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch, whose Miles Franklin-winning novel, The Yield, is about traditional language and the stories that words contain. Join them as they discuss how living organisms and living languages can connect us to the past and enrich our collective future.

Our online bookseller for this event will be Neighbourhood Books.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.

Who?

Portrait of Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, born in Australia in 1983 and based in France. Her current novel The Yield won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the People's Choice Award and Book of the Year at the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Portrait of Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. 

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Broadly Speaking

Join us every fortnight for Broadly Speaking – a new series of deep dives into feminism and gender. Featuring brilliant local and international feminist thinkers talking culture, media, matriarchy, law, health, sex, sovereignty and more. 

Building on conversations begun at Broadside festival in 2019, we’ll bring contemporary feminist discussions to your screen, wherever you are. Tune in to Broadly Speaking for talks that’ll feed your curiosity and expand your thinking.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.

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