Opening Event

Bruce Pascoe

A Conversation About Ingenuity

Bruce Pascoe Fri 21 Feb Octagon Theatre Fri 21 Feb Octagon Theatre $25 - $39 + BF
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Fri 21 Feb at Octagon Theatre, from $25 - $39 + BF

‘The reason for the national apathy to racial politics in this country stems, I believe, from the national ignorance of Aboriginal culture and economy, and that ignorance has to be laid in part at the feet of our learning institutions. A legion of professors and other academics at our universities decided it would be unnecessary for our golden youth to know what the explorers witnessed of Aboriginal excellence.’ - Bruce Pascoe, Salt

Bruce Pascoe, acclaimed author of Dark Emu and Salt, kicks off the Literature & Ideas Weekend 2020 in a conversation with Noongar academic and musician Dr Clint Bracknell. After the conversation, experience a Wirlomin Noongar performance in the Patricia Crawford Courtyard on the grounds at the University of Western Australia.

Bruce Pascoe is a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. He now lives in Gipsy Point in Victoria.

His books include the short story collections Night Animals (1986) and Nightjar (2000); the novels Fox (1988), Ruby Eyed Coucal (1996), Ribcage (1999), Shark (1999), Earth (2001), and Ocean (2002); historical works Cape Otway: Coast of Secrets (1997) and Convincing Ground (2007); and children’s titles Foxies in a Firehose (2006) and Seahorse (2015). His numerous literary awards and accolades include the Prime Minister’s 2013 Young Adult Book of the Year Award for Fog a Dox (2012), the NSW Premier’s 2016 Book of the Year Award (and co-winner of the Indigenous Writers’ Prize) for the critically acclaimed Dark Emu (2014), and a shortlist in the CBCA’s Younger Readers 2017 Book of the Year Award for Mrs Whitlam (2016).

Time & Location

Fri 21 Feb


Octagon Theatre, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley / Godroo



    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25

Photo by

  • Matthew Newton, Rummin Productions

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