Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man, and one of Australia’s most respected writers, has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, farm fence contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker, author and editor.
Pascoe was the editor of Australian Short Stories magazine from 1982-1999, he was the winner of Australian Literature Award (Shark) 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010, Prime Minister’s Award for Literature (young adult fiction) 2013. Pascoe is the author of 27 books including, Night Animals (1986), Fox (1988), Ruby Eyed Coucal (1996), Shark (1999), Ocean (2002), Earth(2001), Bloke (2009), Cape Otway (1997), Convincing Ground (2007), Little Red Yellow and Black Book (2008), Fog a Dox (2012) and Dark Emu (2014).
Pascoe is a Board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and First languages Australia and past Secretary of Bidwell-Maap Aboriginal Nation. His most recent book Dark Emu Black Seeds: agriculture or accident? (2014) won book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was also shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award, and the History Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. It has since been reprinted twenty times and performed in 2018 by Bangarra Dance Theatre. Bruce was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Literature by the Australia Council in 2018.
He currently lives and works in Far East Gippsland.