Gai-mariagal Festival 2024

A Celebration of the Oldest Living Culture on the Planet
26th May to 14th July 2024

Gai-mariagal Festival 2024 - Northern Sydney Region - Black Duck - Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood - Glen Street Theatre

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Black Duck | Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood
- in conversation with Susan Moylan-Coombs

When Dark Emu was adopted by Australia like a new anthem, Bruce found himself at the centre of a national debate that often focussed on the wrong part of the story. It changed Bruce's life, as has been chronicled in Walkley award-winning ABC documentary The Dark Emu Story.

While the noise and controversy of Dark Emu took centre stage, Bruce and partner Lyn were working on Black Duck Foods: a blueprint for traditional food growing and land management processes based on very old practices. Founded on Yuin country, Black Duck Farm is their invitation to imagine a different future for Australia, one where we can honour our relationship with nature and improve agriculture and forestry. Where we can develop a uniquely Australian cuisine that will reduce carbon emissions, preserve scarce water resources, and rebuild our soil.

It has not been without challenges. In January 2020, Yuin country saw some of the worst bushfires in Australian history. In this personal and deeply affecting book they discuss the aftermath of those devastating bushfires and the impact of an elder’s death, the rebuilding of their marriage, and the personal cost of starting a movement. Black Duck is a remarkable glimpse into a year of finding strength in Country at Yumburra.

Bruce and Lyn will be joined in conversation by Susan Moylan-Coombs, a Woolwonga and Gurindji from the Northern Territory. Susan is part of the group known as the Stolen Generations and has lived experience of the trauma associated with removal, loss, dispossession and disconnection. At 3 years old she was adopted and raised by the eldest son of iconic Australian public servant Dr H.C. “Nugget” Coombs here on Gai-mariagal country. She is the founder of The Gai-Mariagal Festival and has extensive experience working with First Australian communities nationally and internationally, with specific expertise in community consultation, empowerment and the facilitation of voice and storytelling. 

  • Event cost:  $48 - Concession $40
  • RSVP -  28 May, 2024 

Event Location - Glen Street Theatre

Black Duck - Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood - Contacts


Event enquiries email

02 9470 5913

Event enquiries phone number.


Glen Street Theatre
Belrose,  New South Wales



We acknowledge the original custodians of the land, the Gai-mariagal clans of the Northern Sydney Region.  We pay our respects to the Elders past and present.