From LGBTI bushrangers to early stories of travel and conquest, learn something new with this panel of history buffs led by Mark McKenna. David Hunt (True Girt) highlights the humour in Australian history, while Jürgen Tampke (A Perfidious Distortion of History) addresses misinformation about WWII. Nick Brodie (1787) offers an alternative take on Australian settlement, and Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) argues that we must take a new look at Australia’s past.
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Nick Brodie (Australian)
Nick Brodie is a professional history nerd. Having worked as a history lecturer and field archaeologist, he has brought fresh angles to old tales in 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation and The Vandemonian War.
David Hunt (Australian)
David Hunt is a historian and satirist. His first book, Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction. The second volume in the series, True Girt, was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards and for the Russell Prize for Humour Writing. David's debut children's picture book, The Nose Pixies, was published in 2016.
Bruce Pascoe (Australian)
Bruce Pascoe is an Australian Indigenous writer and a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. Bruce has worked in education, publishing, farming, fishing and Aboriginal language retrieval. He published and edited Australian Short Stories quarterly magazine for 16 years, and was joint winner (with David Foster) of Australian Literature Award in 1999 and winner of the Radio National Short Story Competition in 1998. His most recent non-fiction title, Dark Emu, challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers. Dark Emu was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier's Indigenous Writer's Award and QLD Literary Award; and won the NSW Premier's Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer's Prize in 2016. It will be presented by Bangarra Dance Company in 2018. His teenage novel, Fog a Dox, won the Prime Minister’s Young Adult Literature Award in 2013.
Mark McKenna (Australian)
Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. A professor of history at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, Australian Book Review and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories.