Announcement: Bruce Pascoe Unable to Attend Perth Festival
We regret to advise that author Bruce Pascoe has had to cancel his upcoming Australian appearances, including at Perth Festival’s 2020 Literature & Ideas Program.
A statement from his publisher Magabala Books said: “The author of Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe, will be unable to attend this year’s Perth and Adelaide Festivals due to the recent fires which have caused significant damage to his property and surrounding area in East Gippsland.
“Bruce has made the difficult decision to scale back his various commitments so he can focus on addressing the damage on his property and assist in the recovery efforts in his local community. Bruce sincerely apologises for the inconvenience this may cause.
“Bruce is grateful for the support he and his local community of Mallacoota have received from across Australia and around the world following the devastating bushfires.”
Bruce Pascoe had been due to appear at the 2020 Literature & Ideas Weekend in conversation with Noongar academic and musician Dr Clint Bracknell at the Octagon Theatre on 21 February.
Literature & Ideas curator Sisonke Msimang said: “Bruce Pascoe is a great Australian and I offer the Festival’s warmest wishes and support as he deals with the terrible personal and community impact of this bushfire emergency.”
We expect to make an announcement on a replacement session soon
Perth Festival’s annual literature and ideas program features about 70 sessions 100 international, national and local guests, including superstars Neil Gaiman and Julia Donaldson.
The 2020 Literature & Ideas Weekend runs from 21-23 February. Full program details can be found here.
I bought a ticket for a Bruce Pascoe event – what do i do?
Perth Festival will automatically process full refunds for tickets purchased to this session, Bruce Pascoe: A Conversation About Ingenuity, by close of business on Monday 3 February.
The funds will appear back on the card used for purchase within 3-5 business days of processing.
You don’t need to take any further action or contact us.
Pascoe’s panel session How it Feels to be Free at the Octagon Theatre on 23 February will continue with fellow panellists Tara June Winch and Len Collard in conversation with Bardi man Ron Bradfield.
Ticketholders will be contacted via email and can request an exchange to another Literature & Ideas weekend session or a refund.