AUTHOR VISIT INSPIRES COMMUNITY
MANJIMUP hosted acclaimed Australian indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe last week.
More than 120 people from all around the region attended the event.
Key themes from Pascoe’s book Dark Emu were explored by Pascoe in conversation with personality Jon Doust.
Dark Emu argues for reconsideration of the “hunter-gatherer” tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australia.
Mr Pascoe provides evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests Aboriginals had developed systems of governance and sustainable land care that were practised peacefully for thousands of years.
Mr Pascoe also visited Manjimup Senior High School during his trip and said he was impressed with the level of interest from students and those who attended the talk.
“It was great to see so many people involved in the themes the book presents,” he said.
Balingup indigenous artist Sandra Hill gave Welcome to Country.
Organiser and Stellar Violets founder Lucinda Giblett said the event was a collaborative effort between the Shire of Manjimup Library, the council’s Seed Program, the Warren Catchments Council and Stellar Violets volunteers.
“The event brought people together for a warm social evening of enthusiastic engagement and learning new insights,” she said.
Marilyn Sebire, of Pemberton, Fay Dunstan, of Manjimup and John Sebire, of Pemberton.
Author Bruce Pascoe, Sandra Hill, of Balingup, Jon Doust, of Albany, and Stellar Violets, founder Lucinda Giblett.
Polly Valentine and Jodie Miller, both of Northcliffe.
Leisa Harding and Tony Judd, both of Nannup.
Lilly and Murray Johnson, of Peerabeelup.
Vanessa Mossman and Ben Thornton, both of Manjimup.
Paddy Pemberton and Jan Sillence, both of Dingup.