Part 1

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you another two-part series.

This short series is a conversation between authors Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou about their new book, Loving Country, that was recently broadcast by a local bookshop over Zoom. Thanks to the book’s publisher, Hardie Grant Publishing for allowing us to broadcast this interview.

Bruce Pascoe is an Aboriginal writer best known for his work Dark Emu, which re-examines colonial accounts of Aboriginal people in Australia and cites evidence of pre-colonial agriculture, engineering and building construction by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Vicky is a multi-disciplinary artist and gardener.

Born out of a joint ethos for caring for country and culture, Loving Country is a type of in-depth guidebook that examines the direct link between the two.

Not to be mistaken for a ‘travel book’ designed to entertain, Loving Country is a blend of history, poetry, environmental writing and information about Indigenous farming. It was created in consultation with communities and Elders across the country and details 18 places in particular.

Bruce is speaking from Malacoota and Vicky from the top of her car, somewhere between Port Augusta and Renmark!

The conversation was hosted by Adelaide poet and broadcaster Mike Ladd.

Enjoy.

Image: Bruce Pascoe, In Conversation