Panel Discussion: Westralia Triumphant?

Artist: Tony Hughes D'Aeth, Bill and Jenny Bunbury, and Stephen Scourfield
Category: Writers


2 October 2021


12:30pm - 1:15pm


45 minutes


York Community Resource Centre, 89 Avon Tce, York



Jokes aside, just how different and isolated in our geography, our geology, our culture and our quirks and habits are we from the rest of Australia and the rest of the world? Join authors Bill and Jenny Bunbury (Many Maps) and Stephen Scourfield (Isolation) in lively, in a provocative conversation chaired by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth (Like Nothing on this Earth) as they tackle this highly topical comment about Western Australia’s identity compared to our national cousins.


Bill Bunbury (BA Hons.Lit) joined the ABC Radio in May 1969. He has won several awards for his social history radio features, including the UN Australia Peace Prize for ‘The War Rages On: Australians in Vietnam; the New York Radio Festival Gold Medal for best history documentary, the Kalgoorlie based, Timber for Gold and the NSW Premiers’ Media Prize in 1996 for his series Unfinished Business: Reconciliation and the Republic.

Jenny Bunbury has a degree in modern history. In 1975.She joined the WA Public Service where she worked as a policy officer and manager for 30 years. She managed regional services for a number of government agencies and gained a good understanding and practical knowledge of issues including Aboriginal- Wadjela relations in rural and regional WA.

Stephen Scourfield is Travel Editor of The West Australian and West Travel Club, and has twice been named Australia’s best travel writer. He is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books, and an accomplished spoken-word performer.


Tony Hughes-d’Aeth is the Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches and researches in the fields of Australian literary studies, literature and the environment, and contemporary and world literature. His latest book is Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt (UWAP, 2017).


Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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