Claire Coleman on her book, Terra Nullius with Emily McCulloch Childs in conversation.

August 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Publishers Weekly said “Coleman stuns with this imaginative, astounding debut about colonisation.” Coleman is a Wirlomin-Noongar writer and poet. “She writes of a dry land where settlers enslave the natives and carry out a ruthless extermination campaign against those they cannot pacify…” In conversation with writer & curator Emily McCulloch Childs.

Join us for a conversation discussing colonisation, Australian history and speculative science fiction.

Here is an excerpt from Clare Coleman’s dystopian Australian novel, Terra Nullius:

“Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.”

The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This TERRA NULLIUS is something new, but all too familiar.

This is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice.

Price: $10

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only releasing 50% of tickets now.

If those restrictions are lifted, we will release the remaining tickets 2 weeks before the festival.

So please don’t wait! If you want to attend, please book early. Thank you!



Daylesford Hotel Back Bar
2 Burke Square Daylesford,
Vic 3460


Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.