Don Watson

A Single Tree: Voices from the Bush

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'Don Watson’s new book, A Single Tree, is fascinating ... it brings alive the bush during a long span of Australian history. 

The writers chosen by Watson range from explorers and ecologists to poets, novelists, anthropologists and historians. All briefly ‘‘say something about what it means to live in this land and some say what it will mean when we learn how to live with it’’. In discovering and selecting them Watson was often moved, ‘‘even mysteriously so’’.' Geoffrey Blainey, The Australian, 26 November, 2016.

 A Single Tree: Voices from the Bush, assembles the raw material underpinning Don Watson’s award-winning The Bush. These diverse and haunting voices span the four centuries since Europeans first set eyes on the continent.

Each of these varied contributors – settlers, explorers, anthropologists, naturalists, stockmen, surveyors, itinerants, artists and writers– represents a particular place and time. Men in awe of the landscape or cursing it; aspiring to subdue and exploit it or finding themselves defeated by it. Women reflecting on the land’s harshness and beauty, on the strangeness of their lives, their pleasures and miseries, the character and behaviour of the men. Europeans writing about indigenous Australians, sometimes with intelligent sympathy and curiosity but often with contempt, and often describing acts of startling brutality.

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Article - Fragments of the Bush. Don Watson introduces A Single Tree: Voices from the Bush.

Hear Don talk about his new book in Yarraville:

Wednesday 7 December:
6 - 7.30 pm. Sun Theatre, Yarraville. Free. Bookings Sun Bookshop.

Don.jpgDon Watson's Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year.

His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America won the Alfred Deakin Essay Prize. 

Death Sentence, his best-selling book about the decay of public language won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. Watson's Dictionary Of Weasel Words was also a bestseller. 

American Journeys won the Age Non-Fiction and Book of the Year Awards. It also won the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction.

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His book, The Bush: Travels to the Heart of Australia, was the 2015 Indie Book of the Year and Book of the Year in the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It also won the Non-Fiction Award in the Queensland Literary Awards and the FAW Non-Fiction Prize.

Don Watson Speaks

'Don Watson was fantastic. Great content with relevant examples and very useful information.'

'Don Watson ... got my full attention and respect in minutes...'

'Engaging and interesting, and very valid...'

'Funny and to the point.'

'I could have listened to him all day.'

To engage Don for talks (or even workshops) send an email to Helen Smith including details of where, when and why.