Literature & Ideas

How it Feels to be Free

How it Feels to be Free Sun 23 Feb 3.30 Octagon Theatre Sun 23 Feb 3.30 Octagon Theatre $19
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Whadjuk Nyungar elder Len Collard and acclaimed authors Bruce Pascoe and Tara June Winch discuss place, belonging and justice in Australia in a conversation with local storyteller and Bardi man, Ron Bradfield.

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He has had a varied career as 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).

Professor Len Collard is a Whadjuk Nyungar elder who has researched and written extensively about Noongar culture and language.

Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri author, born in Australia in 1983 and based in France. Her first novel Swallow the Air became a critically acclaimed debut. In 2008 she was mentored by Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka as part of the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her second book, the story collection After the Carnage, was published in 2016. After the Carnage was longlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for fiction, shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Christina Stead prize for Fiction and the Queensland Literary Award for a collection.

Time & Location

Sun 23 Feb 3.30


Octagon Theatre, UWA Crawley. Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive


60 min

    • Adult: $19
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