Event image of Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood in conversation


Tue 28 May 2024

Patrons' advice

Suitable for ages 12 years and up

Running time

2 hours (no interval)


Presented by Bookoccino

Show times

Tue 28 May - 06:00 pm

Bestselling author Bruce Pascoe joins us with partner Lyn Harwood and interlocutor Susan Moylan-Coombs to explore a deeply personal story about the consequences and responsibility of disrupting Australia’s history.

When Dark Emu was adopted by Australia like a new anthem, Bruce found himself at the centre of a national debate that often focussed on the wrong part of the story. It changed Bruce's life, as has been chronicled in Walkley award-winning ABC documentary The Dark Emu Story

While the noise and controversy of Dark Emu took centre stage, Bruce and partner Lyn were working on Black Duck Foods: a blueprint for traditional food growing and land management processes based on very old practices. Founded on Yuin country, Black Duck Farm is their invitation to imagine a different future for Australia, one where we can honour our relationship with nature and improve agriculture and forestry. Where we can develop a uniquely Australian cuisine that will reduce carbon emissions, preserve scarce water resources, and rebuild our soil.

It has not been without challenges. In January 2020, Yuin country saw some of the worst bushfires in Australian history. In this personal and deeply affecting book they discuss the aftermath of those devastating bushfires and the impact of an elder’s death, the rebuilding of their marriage, and the personal cost of starting a movement. Black Duck is a remarkable glimpse into a year of finding strength in Country at Yumburra. 

Bruce and Lyn will be joined in conversation by Susan Moylan-Coombs, a Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. Susan is part of the group known as the Stolen Generations and has lived experience of the trauma associated with removal, loss, dispossession and disconnection. At 3 years old she was adopted and raised by the eldest son of iconic Australian public servant Dr H.C. “Nugget” Coombs here on Gai-mariagal country. She is the founder of The Gai-Mariagal Festival and has extensive experience working with First Australian communities nationally and internationally, with specific expertise in community consultation, empowerment and the facilitation of voice and storytelling. 


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