John Blay - Back Country - Thursday 16th February

In conversation with Bob Carr

Back Country: Trek through the Deua and Wadbilliga

In 1981 John Blay was awarded the Parks Writers Award. It confirmed a life-long investigation of south-eastern Australia’s forests. Accompanied only by a fickle Zachary B. de Mule he set out on foot through the challenging escarpment country of Deua and Wadbilliga National Parks, walking all the way from Araluen to Bemboka.

His researches and travels in the region have continued over the years, resulting in Back Country: Trek through the Deua and Wadbilliga, an updated exploration of the most extreme, rugged parts of the south-eastern ranges.

Following its first publication in 1987, now long out of print, this much revised edition of Back Country has been brought up to date with additional information, including preface, illustrations, afterword and index. It sits next to On Track in the continuing journey of discovery.

“...more in the tradition of English narratives of long walks in strange and lonely places. Blay is a professional writer and it shows in his robust text which attains a plateau of excellence not often reached by writers about the bush... a classic tale”Graeme Barrow, The Canberra Times   BUY THE BOOK

JOHN BLAY is a writer, naturalist and walker. He has written extensively about the bush and its people in poetry, drama and prose. Since 2001 the south east forests of NSW have been the main focus of his work, often in association with local Aboriginal communities.


Date and time: Thursday 16th February, 6pm for 6:30pm

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