Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1947 Bruce is a school teacher, deck hand, barman, farmer, Director of Commonwealth Australian Studies project, editor, publisher, and works in Indigenous language retrieval. He published and edited Australian Short Stories quarterly magazine for 16 years, and was joint winner (with David Foster) of Australian Literature Award (1999) and winner of the Radio National Short Story Competition (1998).
Bruce’s books include the short story collections Night Animals (1986) and Nightjar (2000); the novels Fox (1988), Ruby Eyed Coucal (1996), Ribcage (1999), Shark (1999), Earth (2001), and Ocean (2002); historical works CapeOtway: Coast of secrets (1997) and Convincing Ground (2007); and the childrens’ book Foxies in a Firehose (2006). Bruce has been published by Penguin, McPhee Gribble, Transworld, Magabala Books, Bruce Sims Books, Aboriginal Studies Press and Seaglass.
Bruce has produced a history text, Wathaurong: The people who said no, a language learning CD-ROM, film, and teachers’ book and a Wathaurong dictionary for the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op, Geelong, Victoria.
He is currently working on retrieval and teaching of Wathaurong language of south western Victoria. Bruce is a member of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Bunurong heritage, and is a Board member of Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. He is married to Lyn Harwood, has two children and lives at Gipsy Point, Far East Gippsland in Victoria.
For further information on Bruce visit: http://www.bruce-pascoe.pho-online.net/