Source: Adelaide Festival website
Bruce Pascoe i(165 works by)
Also writes as: Murray Gray ; Leopold Glass
Born: Established: 1947 Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Boonwurrung / Boonerwrung / Bunurong people ; Aboriginal Palawa / Tasmanian people
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Bruce Pascoe, a Bunurong man, is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria, and an awarding winning Australian writer, editor, and anthologist. His works have been published nationally and internationally, and have won several national literary competitions. He has combined writing fiction and non-fiction with a career as a successful publisher and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. He has also worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, farm fence contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archeological site worker, and editor. He appeared in the SBS TV program, First Australians.

His Jim Fox series of novels were partially set in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (West Papua) and his interest in the area was furthered in his Master of Arts from Griffith University titled 'Liberal and Interventionist Economic Policies: The Case of Indonesia' (1994). As a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Pascoe edited school readers on the history and language of the Wathaurong people, demonstrating his interest in Indigenous language retrieval and teaching. He has spoken at conferences on Aboriginal culture and edited several anthologies and translations of Australian stories.

Pascoe edited and published Australian Short Stories (1982-1998), a quarterly journal of short fiction. Publishing experimental and traditional short stories by established writers and enabling new writers to demonstrate their potential, the journal continued under the editorship of Howard Firkin at Moolton Press until 2000. Pascoe has run Pascoe Publishing and Seaglass Books with his wife Lyn Harwood.

His book exploring the history of Aboriginal agriculture Dark Emu : Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident? has attracted considerable attention for its discussion of land management practices in Australia prior to colonisation.

His non-fiction works include:

  • With Krishna-Pillay, Dictionary of Wathawoorroong, (1st ed, Geelong, Vic: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, 2007.
  • With Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative & Coast Action, Wathaurong: The People Who Said No. Nth. Geelong, Vic: Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative, 2003.


  • Who's Who of Australian Writers notes that Pascoe was the author of a play Dearly Beloved (1982). It has not been traced.

On the Web

Personal Awards

2016 winner for Outstanding Contribution to Hospitality, Gourmet Traveller National Restaurant Awards 2016
1999 winner Fellowship of Australian Writers´ Literature Award
1995 third Todhunter Literary Award For 'Australian's Awl Letter'.

Awards for Works

Dark Emu : Black Seeds : Agriculture or Accident? 2014 single work criticism

'Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia’s past is required.' (Source: publishers website)

2016 joint winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize
2016 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year
2014 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2014 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards History Book Award
Fog a Dox 2012 single work novel Indigenous story 'Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. He's called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives a remote life surrounded by animals and birds. All goes well until Albert has an accident ... This is a story of courage, acceptance and respect. It is reminiscent of the gentle story-telling style of Australian author Alan Marshall (I can jump puddles). The dialogue is finely crafted and Indigenous cultural knowledge and awareness are seamlessly integrated into the story' (Libraries Australia).
2013 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adults' Fiction
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
2013 finalist Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Published Book Of The Year
Lament for Three Hands Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011 single work short story
2011 winner FAW Short Story Competition
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