Scheduled Events News

Parkes Shire Council is pleased to announce that they are hosting Beau Williams and Bruce Pascoe at the Parkes Library & Cultural Centre on Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 6-7.30pm, for the First Languages Australia talk.

This event is in celebration of the launch of the Wiradjuri Ngurambang Exhibition, which is located near the entry of the Parkes Library & Cultural Centre.

Beau Williams is the CEO of First Languages Australia, an organisation that works to maintain and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages across Australia. Bruce Pascoe will be discussing his award-winning book, Dark Emu, which offers us an alternative perspective of Australia's First Nations, a history that for many Australians has been largely silenced.

Over the past 250 years significant environmental and cultural knowledge of Australia's First Nations people has been lost or has become fragmented, including many of the languages that were spoken across Australia.

More recently, there has been lots of work undertaken to preserve and revive First Nations languages, knowledge and culture.

Within the Parkes Shire we have many schools teaching the Wiradjuri language to our children, which is a significant achievement that we can all be very proud of.

Manager Cultural, Education & Library Services said, "We are honoured to be hosting such esteemed guests as part of this First Languages Australia talk. Both Beau and Bruce have such a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the community."

This a free event. Bookings are required as places are limited. To book, please visit Council's Facebook page, or alternatively contact the Parkes Library on (02) 6861 2309. The Wiradjuri Ngurambang Exhibition is a permanent display, located in the Parkes Library & Cultural Centre.