Bruce Pascoe

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Bruce Pascoe
BornRichmond, Victoria, Australia
OccupationHistorian, Author
GenreYoung Adult
Notable awardsAustralia Council Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), Prime Minister's Literary Award (2013)

Bruce Pascoe (born 1947 Richmond, Victoria) is an Australian Indigenous writer, from the Bunurong clan, of the Kulin nation. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, a fisherman and an Aboriginal language researcher.


He is Director of a Commonwealth Australian Studies project. He is working on preserving the Wathaurong language.[1]

His books include Fog a Dox, a book for young adults that won the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2013,[2] Convincing Ground about the Convincing Ground massacre,[3] and Dark Emu, a book that challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers.[4] His research of early settler accounts found accounts of grain cultivation, flour, wells, and dams.[5][6] Dark Emu has received numerous favourable reviews and has pleased many proponents of Aboriginal culture, but it has as yet been largely ignored by academic historical anthropologists. There has been a favourable review of its cultural implications in the academic online magazine The Conversation, though this touched off a lengthy debate there about Pascoe’s use of his historical sources.[7]

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Australia Council in 2018.[8]

He edited Australian Short Stories from 1982 to 1998.[9]


  • A Corner Full of Characters, Blackstone Press, 1981, ISBN 0959387005
  • Night Animals, Penguin Books, 1986, ISBN 9780140087420
  • Fox, McPhee Gribble/Penguin books, 1988, ISBN 9780140114089
  • Ruby-eyed Coucal, Magabala Books, 1996, ISBN 9781875641291
  • Wathaurong : Too bloody strong : Stories and life journeys of people from Wathaurong, Pascoe Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0947087311
  • Shark, Magabala Books, 1999, ISBN 9781875641482
  • Nightjar, Seaglass Books, 2000, ISBN 9780947087357
  • Earth, Magabala Books, 2001, ISBN 1875641610
  • Ocean, Bruce Sims Books, 2002, ISBN 9780957780064
  • Foxies in a Firehose : A piece of doggerel from Warragul, Seaglass Books, 2006, ISBN 0947087362
  • Bloke. Penguin Books Limited. 3 August 2009. ISBN 978-0-85796-558-5.
  • Convincing Ground: Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country. Aboriginal Studies Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-85575-549-2.
  • The Little Red Yellow Black Book : An introduction to indigenous Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2008, ISBN 9780855756154
  • Fog a Dox, Magabala Books, 2014, ISBN 9781922142597
  • Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture Or Accident?, Magabala Books, 2014, ISBN 9781922142436
  • Seahorse, Magabala Books, 2015, ISBN 9781921248931
  • Mrs Whitlam, Magabala Books, 2016, ISBN 9781925360240


External links[edit]

External video
Writer, editor and anthologist Bruce Pascoe, art.afterhours, Jul 14, 2009