It is now almost exactly 30 years since the man who went on to make the Australian Greens a political force called on protesters to blockade the Gordon River at Warners Landing to stop the Gordon Below Franklin dam.
Bob Brown’s rallying of protesters to begin the blockade on 14th December, 1982, was a seminal moment in the evolution of the Australian environment movement. But the blockade shaped more than activism and political debate.
In the years since the fight to save Lake Pedder in the 1970s and then the Franklin in the 1980s, much Tasmanian writing has been inspired by the concept of “place”. Writers, musicians and other visual and performing artists – think Richard Flanagan, Cate Kennedy, Shane Howard, Peter Sculthorpe, Peter Dombrovskis, Patricia Giles, Max Angus, to name just a handful - have captured the wilderness in their work.
This coming Wednesday, almost exactly 30 years since that day, the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre will present Bob Brown in conversation to discuss the importance of ‘place’ in Tasmanian writing, including his own.
Bob’s own books include Lake Pedder, Wild Rivers, Tarkine Trails, The Greens, The Valley of the Giants, Tasmania’s Recherche Bay, Memo for a Saner World and In Balfour Street: 14 Poems From the 1970s.
Launceston writer Cameron Hindrum will also appear to discuss his novella The Blue Cathedral, set during the time of the Franklin blockade.
Franklin Conversations will be held at the Founders’ Room, Salamanca Arts Centre (upstairs off Wooby’s Lane) on Wednesday 12th December, 6 – 8pm. This is a free event – all welcome.