Indigenous Historian

Published and Edited Australian Short Stories magazine1982-1999, winner Prime Minister’s Literature Award for Young Adult fiction (Fog, a dox) 2013 Australian Literature Award 1999, Radio National Short Story 1998, FAW Short Story 2010 and in 2018 was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Books include: Night Animals, Shark, Ocean, Bloke, Cape Otway, Convincing Ground, Little Red Yellow and Black Book. Bunurong/Tasmanian heritage. Board member of Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. Lives in East Gippsland. His latest novels are, Bloke, published by Penguin in 2009, Chainsaw File, Oxford 2010, Fog, Magabala 2012 and Mrs Whitlam, Magabala 2016. Dark Emu, a history of Aboriginal agriculture was published by Magabala in 2014 and won the New South Wales Premiers’ Book of the Year Award in 2016. His film, Black Chook was filmed in 2015 and starred Brendan Cowell, Jack Davis and Lynette Curran.