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Join Stephen Muecke, Tony Birch, Jason Nangan Roe, Chris Healy and Eve Vincent as they discuss the need for new kinds of storying about Australia.

In North-West Australia, between 2009 and 2013, a major Indigenous-environmentalist alliance waged a successful campaign to stop a huge industrial development, a $45 billion liquefied gas plant proposed by Woodside and its partners. The Western Australian government and key Indigenous institutions also pushed hard for this, making the custodians of the Country, the Goolarabooloo, an embattled minority.

This experimental ethnography documents the Goolarabooloo’s knowledge of Country, their long history of struggle for survival, and the alliances that formed to support them. Written in a fictocritical style, it uses a Latourian multirealist kind of analysis that focuses on institutions (Indigenous or European), their spheres of influence, and how they organised to stay alive as alliances shifted and changed. 

We’re celebrating Stephen Muecke & Paddy Roe’s latest book The Children’s Country, which tells the story of Goolarabooloo struggles for Country.

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Recorded: 21 April 2021


Stephen Muecke
Tony Birch
Jason Nangan Roe
Chris Healy
Eve Vincent


Goolarabooloo Paddy Roe recording Stephen Muecke Tony Birch videos


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