Drawing on the work of archaeologists, historian Billy Griffiths journeys deep into the Indigenous history of the Australian continent for this captivating talk. He reflects on the voyages of the First Australians some 65,000 years ago, and the ways in which their descendants made this land their own through language, song, story and fire. The Deep Time Dreaming author asks what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging.

Billy Griffiths (Australian)

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Billy Griffiths is a writer, historian and research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia, explores the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. He is also the author of The China Breakthrough and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations.

Elizabeth McCarthy (Australian)

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Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who currently produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM (Triple R). Her book reviews can be heard on Breakfast. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied. Elizabeth has produced and presented interviews and documentaries for ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC RN and ABC TV. She has written about books and music for several publications, and from 2002–2006 was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.