A Lecture by Director and Playwright, David Milroy.
In being commissioned to contribute to this anthology I was intrigued by the theme that had been chosen. Given the recent traumatic events caused by bushfires in the South West and other parts of Australia, it is a topical theme. While it could have been easily misconstrued as an insensitive topic it is as I see it a theme that evokes all the senses which bind us to this country, and to this land. Whether it is the smell of burning grass trees in the South West or a spinifex fire in the Pilbara, or the raging inferno that consumed country Victoria, we are all touched in some way by the enigma that is fire.
In the first half of my talk, I will explore some of the dimensions of fire as it has shaped my experience of the land, as a Palyku and a Western Australian. In the second half, I will discuss some of the West Australian cultural, historical and geographical influences that have inspired my work and my contribution to the anthology, ‘Walardu and Karla’ the fire that had burned for more than twenty years.
Join us after the lecture when Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence will launch the anthology.
Cost: Free, but registration essential via http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/milroy
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