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BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER TAKES A NEW LOOK AT OUR PAST

Date: 02 August 2017

Winner of Book of the Year and Indigenous Writers Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Bruce Pascoe will appear for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program on Thursday 3 August at Tocal Agricultural College.

In the award winning book, Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident, Pascoe presents an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society, arguing for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia’s past is required.

Instead he argues there is considerable sophistication in the technological and agricultural practices of the Aboriginal peoples, including sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing. 

Maitland City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Bruce Pascoe is a powerful voice on indigenous history. We are honoured to present this accomplished author in association with the national conference of the Slow Food Movement in Australia.’

As a Board Member of First Languages Australia and the past Secretary of the Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation, Bruce Pascoe presents a powerful voice on indigenous history and indigenous language revival.

Bruce Pascoe will be joined in conversation with Amorelle Dempster, Leader of Slow Food Hunter Valley and the Australian Councillor for Slow Food International. The Slow Food National Conference will be held at Tocal Agricultural College from 2 to 6 August. 

Bruce Pascoe will appear as part of Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program this Thursday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Tocal Agricultural College Chapel. The cost is $25.00 and bookings can be made by calling 4933 6952.