Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, Voyages to the South Seas is an exhilarating expedition through a key period in the European exploration of the Pacific and in the history of science.
Fire has shaped the Australian landscape and the lives of Australians for thousands of years—and will continue to do so as the climate changes. For all our advances in prevention and prediction, planning and communication, bushfires keep claiming our lives and our homes. How can we avoid another Ash Wednesday or Black Saturday?
Science and scientists have found themselves in conflict with powerful interests since Galileo, but perhaps never before have they been under attack on so many fronts. When it comes to climate change, vaccinations and the causes of disease, genetically modified organisms and even evolution, it’s hard to tell where science ends and vested interests, politics and wishful thinking begin. Or is it?
Two strangers in distress arrive at a farmhouse in the wheatbelt late at night. A woman is there, on the veranda of the farmhouse, frightened, alone. She greets the interlopers with a series of questions.
What has brought these people together? What do they have in common? Why does a dried up river matter to all of them? These questions hang over the play. As the seemingly gentle story unfolds, we realise the depth of Tim Winton’s vision. The play tackles deep questions of identity, sustainability and community without ever offering easy answers.