Festival Program

City Program

Our Better Nature

Sat 11 Sep, 2pm
State Library Victoria, Create Quarter

The work of nature writer Harry Saddler (Questions Raised by Quolls) and researcher Vicky Shukuroglou (co-author of Loving Country with Bruce Pascoe) has spotlighted various unsung wonders—from 40,000-year-old stone fish traps on the Darling River, to birds that migrate between Siberia and Australia’s mudflats each year. In a timely discussion with Fatima Measham, they talk about the need to honour and preserve the natural world in the face multiple existential threats, including climate change, human progress, and the legacy of colonisation.


1 hour

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Fatima Measham is a writer and speaker living west of the Werribee River on Wadawurrung country. Her recent work focuses on nature, conservation and the tensions inherent in our claims of love for animals. She is also a conservation volunteer.

Harry Saddler is a Melbourne-based writer. His writing about the interactions between people, animals and the environment has been published in The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, the Guardian, and elsewhere. His book the Eastern Curlew: the extraordinary life of a migratory bird was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards in 2019.

Vicky Shukuroglou is an artist and researcher who endeavours to deepen our understanding and care of our precious world. Scientists, musicians, Indigenous communities and young people are among Vicky’s collaborators. Her supporters and partners have included UNESCO, Sanskriti Kendra, Instituto Sacatar, other organisations, schools and universities.

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