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Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu inspires literary feast

by Tony Barrass in ARTS

A ‘Dark Emu Dinner’ will be one of the highlights of this year’s Northern Territory Writers’ Festival in Alice Springs. Described as a “feast of words and bush foods”, the night will feature author Bruce Pascoe, a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man, whose non-fiction book Dark Emu won  Book of the Year and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the 2016 [...]

NEWS

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  • Construction giant launches Indigenous policy

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DANCE

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  • Jumpin’ for joy . . . here comes Djuki Mala

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BUSINESS

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  • Larrakia leaders look for ways out of $500,000 debt hole

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HEALTH

STAGE

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BOOKS

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APPOINTMENTS

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CULTURE

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MUSIC

ARTS

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  • Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu inspires literary feast

    May 17, 2017
    A ‘Dark Emu Dinner’ will be one of the highlights of this year’s Northern Territory Writers’ Festival in Alice Springs. Described as a “feast of words and bush foods”, the night will feature author Bruce [...]
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ACHIEVEMENT

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LANGUAGE

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SPORT

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PEOPLE

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  • Songwriter targeted over Oz Day comments

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FASHION

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NATIVE TITLE

MEDIA

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EDUCATION

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