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Book Launch: The Edge of Memory


Patrick Nunn

Red Box, State Library of Queensland

Free

Culture/Social Equity / Environment / History/War Stories

231

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Patrick Nunn

Patrick Nunn

Currently Professor of Geography at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Patrick Nunn formerly taught and researched for 25 years at the international University of the South Pacific, based at its Fiji campus. It was here he developed interests in Indigenous knowledge and particularly in ancient stories, some of which he considers recall observations of memorable events long before written records began.

For the last decade, Patrick’s research interests have extended to Australian Indigenous stories.  His analysis of ‘drowning’ stories from 22 sites along the Australian coast suggest that Aboriginal Australians kept alive memories of post-glacial sea-level rise - when the ocean rose across the continent’s fringes - for more than 7000 years. 

His new book, The Edge of Memory, discusses these stories and similar ones from Europe and India.    For sustained service to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Patrick shared its award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  He also received the Gregory Medal of the Pacific Science Association in 2003 and, in May 2018, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. 

Patrick is a prodigious writer with over 250 peer-reviewed publications to his credit including six books.  

#Chair

Suzy Wilson

Suzy Wilson

Suzy Wilson is the owner of Riverbend Books and Teahouse in Oxford St, Bulimba. Riverbend Books has won the Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year Award twice; and the Queensland Independent Bookshop of the Year 8 times.  Suzy has received the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in 'being a catalyst in changing children's lives through literature”. In 2016 Suzy was appointed a Judge of the Stella Prize. The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and championing diversity and cultural change.


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