‘My insight into Aboriginal Australia is as abbreviated as my heritage has allowed. It is as if I have been led at night to a hill overlooking country I have never seen. I am blindfolded but at dawn the cloth is removed and I am asked to open my eyes for one second, any longer and I will be killed, and then asked to describe that country.’
Griffith Review would like to congratulate Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe for being awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature this week.
In his essay in Griffith Review 36: What is Australia For?, ‘Andrew Bolt’s disappointment: Why didn’t you ring their mums?’, Pascoe relates being pilloried by Andrew Bolt in a newspaper column for ‘deciding to be black’, and considers the experience of identifying with his Aboriginal heritage.