Bruce Pascoe


Bruce Pascoe is of Bunurong and Yuin heritage and a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria.

He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher, and was the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. His publications include Fog a Dox (Magabala Books, 2012), which won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Young Adult), and Dark Emu (Magabala Books, 2014), which won Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2018. His most recent book, co-written with Vicky Shukuroglou, is Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia (Hardie Grant).


Restoration, recovery, renewal

GR OnlineWhen Europeans first invaded Australia, it was common for them to comment on the verdant grasslands and gardens of the country. Few acknowledged – and most probably couldn’t conceive – that these features had been created by Aboriginal agricultural methods.

The imperial mind

EssayIT IS A common vanity among humans that our ascent is an exponential trajectory applauded by gods. Our religions encourage us to believe God has never seen anything as beautiful, dutiful and intelligent as we. Those religions also insist that...

Big Yengo

FictionThe second-last edition of our summer-reading series sees us return to Bruce Pascoe's 'Big Yengo', from Griffith Review 42: Once Upon a Time. In this piece of short fiction, a father is moved to see his son, now a man,...

Andrew Bolt’s disappointment

EssayMY FRIENDS TAKE a breath, lean across the table and assume the tone of Richard Dawkins explaining dinosaurs to intelligently designed Christians. They believe that in my promotion of Aboriginal achievement I'm simply being loyal to family or wanting...

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