Oral storytelling is almost a lost art in these days of blogs, high-speed broadband and e-books. But it’s a rare pleasure to pause in our busy lives and immerse ourselves in the magic and power of the spoken word. Australia has a rich oral tradition, which we’ll rekindle in these evenings, with the crackling atmosphere of fireside tales.
Bunjilaka curator Genevieve Grieves and Miles Franklin shortlisted writer Tony Birch will curate – and co-host – a series of intimate evenings around the themes of Country, Sky, Water and Fire.
These elements are rich sources for creating meaningful stories that engage with the Australian landscape, either personally or politically. The stories will be a mix of traditional and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of concerns and inspirations for indigenous writers today.
Our hosts will be joined by a hand-picked selection of superb storytellers, including both performers and writers. Each session will include a guest writer from Voiceworks, the national magazine for writers aged 25 and under.
For Sky, we’ll be joined by Bruce Pascoe, Larry Walsh and Dub Leffler.
The stars are fused to the water by their own brilliance.
We are all blurred by this pale green blaze
and the confusion of elements reaching into each other; this
dream of water and midnight.
Tony Birch is the author of the acclaimed novel, Blood (UQP 2011), shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Award. He has also published widely as a short fiction writer.
Bruce Pascoe has published 26 books, including the award-winning Shark (Magabala). (rodneyvc)