Judith Wright Lecture Series 2019

Professor Tony Birch

Tony Birch — activist, academic and award-winning author — will deliver this year's lecture

Date: Wed 17th Jul 2019 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Oorala Aboriginal Centre, UNE
Contact: Francesca Stahlut  fstahlu2@une.edu.au 6773 5049


'Walking and Thinking: Country and Deep Time'

Presenter: Professor Tony Birch

For the past five years Tony Birch been researching and writing on climate change, land justice and the challenge of communicating ideas about protection of country. Like many people concerned with the fate of the planet, he has become increasingly frustrated with a lack of action on climate change at a level of government and capitalist development. More recently, he has reverted, perhaps in defeat, to a more personal reflection of such issues, informed by walking, writing and listening to country.

I really take the notion of the public intellectual seriously. I don’t consider it a highfalutin term, it’s an obligation and a privilege. One of the things I wouldn’t have understood when I started university in 1988 is that one day I’d have the opportunity to engage a public around these issues.

Professor Tony Birch is the award-winning writer and the author of Ghost River which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Tony was awarded the Patrick White Literary Prize in 2017 for his contribution to contemporary Australian literature — the first Indigenous writer to win the prize. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections: Father’s Day, The Promise, and Common People.

Tony is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio, and a regular guest at writers’ festivals. He lives in Melbourne and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

Drinks and finger food served at 5.30pm. The lecture commences at 6.00pm.

Everyone's welcome!

Note: Reader's Companion have copies of The White Girl and other titles by Tony Birch available to buy.