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13 April 2024: Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra

    Bruce Pascoe & Lyn Harwood

    South East Arts presents
    BLACK DUCK: A YEAR AT YUMBURRA – Bruce Pascoe & Lyn Harwood In Conversation with Clarence Slockee.
    The Twyford – Hall venue. 
    Sat 13 April 2024 
    3.00pm – 4.30pm.

    Afternoon tea available for purchase before the show.

    Ticketing managed by South East Arts. Twyford Gift Certificates not valid for this event


    A personal reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on Bruce Pascoe’s farm.

    ‘Sometimes you need to repeat something a hundred times before a bell rings in the colony.’

    From the bestselling author Bruce Pascoe comes a deeply personal story about the consequences and responsibility of disrupting Australia’s history.

    When Dark Emu was adopted by Australia like a new anthem, Bruce found himself at the centre of a national debate that often focussed on the wrong part of the story. But through all the noise came Black Duck Foods, a blueprint for traditional food growing and land management processes based on very old practices.

    Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood invite us to imagine a different future for Australia, one where we can honour our relationship with nature and improve agriculture and forestry. Where we can develop a uniquely Australian cuisine that will reduce carbon emissions, preserve scarce water resources and rebuild our soil.

    Bruce and Lyn show us that you don’t just work Country, you look, listen and care. It’s not Black Duck magic, it’s the result of simply treating Australia like herself. From the aftermath of devastating bushfires and the impact of an elder’s death to rebuilding a marriage and counting the personal cost of starting a movement, Black Duck is a remarkable glimpse into a year of finding strength in Country at Yumburra.

    ‘Bruce invites us onto the land that changed the man behind the book that changed the nation.’ – Narelda Jacobs

    ‘Bruce’s love of Country is resoundingly evident. I get the sense that this book and his work with the Black Duck team has been profoundly cleansing for a man who has faced numerous challenges in his life after Dark Emu. His connection to place, land and Country is at the core of his remarkable resilience. Bruce gets right into the belly of the land and storytelling, a medicine this country needs.’ – Stephen Page

    ‘This brilliant book gives a real insight into the minds and lives of Bruce and Lyn and the impact Dark Emu had on both of them.’ – Tony Armstrong

    Clarence Slockee is a Bundjalung Aboriginal man with a 30-year career in service to the public and the Indigenous community. Clarence has over 20 years’ experience in cultural and environmental education, developing and delivering high quality education programs, community arts & culture projects, interpretive native garden spaces and conferences.

    Presented in partnership with Candelo Books and supported by the Regional Arts Fund