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It’s cold outside, but inside the Wheeler Centre, we’re gathering for four consecutive Mondays of Indigenous storytelling.

Oral storytelling is almost a lost art in these days of blogs, high-speed broadband and e-books. But it’s a rare pleasure to pause in our busy lives and immerse ourselves in the magic and power of the spoken word. Australia has a rich oral tradition, which we’ll rekindle in these evenings, with the crackling atmosphere of fireside tales.

Bunjilaka curator Genevieve Grieves and Miles Franklin shortlisted writer Tony Birch will curate – and co-host – a series of intimate evenings around the themes of Country, Sky, Water and Fire.

These elements are rich sources for creating meaningful stories that engage with the Australian landscape, either personally or politically. The stories will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of concerns and inspirations for Indigenous writers today.

Our hosts will be joined by a hand-picked selection of superb storytellers, including both performers and writers.

For Sky, we’ll be joined by Bruce Pascoe, Larry Walsh and Dub Leffler.


Sky

The stars are fused to the water by their own brilliance.

We are all blurred by this pale green blaze
and the confusion of elements reaching into each other; this
dream of water and midnight.

Bruce Pascoe

Who?

Portrait of Tony Birch

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of Ghost River, which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.

Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

Portrait of Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His book Fog a Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His most recent book is Dark Emu: Black Seeds: agriculture or accident, which won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016.

Portrait of Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler

Dub Leffler is a writer, illustrator, musician and mixed media artist. He has worked in many facets of the arts including film, television, muralism and art education.

Country Sky Water Fire

It’s cold outside, but inside the Wheeler Centre, we’re gathering for four consecutive Mondays of Indigenous storytelling.

Oral storytelling is almost a lost art in these days of blogs, high-speed broadband and e-books. But it’s a rare pleasure to pause in our busy lives and immerse ourselves in the magic and power of the spoken word. Australia has a rich oral tradition, which we’ll rekindle in these evenings, with the crackling atmosphere of fireside tales.

Bunjilaka curator Genevieve Grieves and Miles Franklin shortlisted writer Tony Birch will curate – and co-host – a series of intimate evenings around the themes of Country, Sky, Water and Fire.

These elements are rich sources for creating meaningful stories that engage with the Australian landscape, either personally or politically. The stories will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of concerns and inspirations for Indigenous writers today.

Our hosts will be joined by a hand-picked selection of superb storytellers, including both performers and writers.

Guests will include Alexis Wright, Larissa Behrendt, Bruce Pascoe and Daniel Browning.

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