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Episode 1: Dinner with Drop Bear (ft. Evelyn Araluen & Alice Pung)

This first podcast was recorded at our annual Literature Dinner in September where we were joined by Indigenous poet and literary editor, Evelyn Araluen. Evelyn, a descendent of the Bundjalung people who was born on Dharug land, won the 2022 Stella Prize with her debut collection, Dropbear, and guests were fascinated to hear Evelyn talk about what she calls her ‘strange little book’, her creative process during lockdown, and her PhD thesis in contemporary Aboriginal literature. You can hear edited highlights of her talk at the dinner and her discussion with a panel of JCH students - please enjoy!

Introductions: Matthew Alizzi (0:00)

Acknowledgement of Country: Sidney Ruthven (1:00)

Welcome to Evelyn: Alice Pung OAM (2:00)

Guest Author: Evelyn Araluen on 'Drop Bear' (4:25)

Q&A: Students of JCH - Matthew, Lizzie, Elise (21:25)

Editing: Bee Ellis

Music: You Me and the Wide Open Sky by Dan Walker & Luke Byrne. Performed by the JCH Choir during the Literature Dinner

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