As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.
Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.
In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about reconciliation and the Indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and about what it means to be Australian.
A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no-one else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
Stan Grant will appear on all three days at Byron Writers Festival to discuss Australia Day with Professor Adam Shoemaker, vice chancellor of Southern Cross University, as well as The Ethics of Journalism with Paul Bongiorno and The Stories Embedded in Landscape with Bronwyn Bancroft, Bruce Pascoe, and Karla Dickens.