Published: 23 August 2019
Our book of the month 'Young Dark Emu - A Truer History' by Bruce Pascoe brings together the research and stories from his award-winning book 'Dark Emu' for younger readers.
Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, this book asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation – a land of farming, fisheries and thriving villages across the continent.
Bruce Pascoe, is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.
Books include the short story collections 'Night Animals' and 'Nightjar'; the novels 'Fox', 'Ruby Eyed Coucal', 'Ribcage', 'Shark', 'Earth' and 'Ocean'; historical works 'Cape Otway: Coast of Secrets' and 'Convincing Ground'; the children's book 'Foxies in a Firehose' and the young adult fiction 'Fog a Dox', which won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for YA Fiction, 2013.