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Kangaroos – The 100 Days Project: Day 101 [0]

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Photo: Andras Berkes-Brandl

First and foremost, deep and extensive thanks to Teya Brooks-Pribac. Every day she has conveyed my post to the Arcohab website, every evening set up the Facebook link, and over and again provided timely advice. The 100 Days project would have been impossible without her.


To Ray Drew and the other fine photographers who have allowed me to use their work, Stella Reid, Andras Berkes-Brandl, Ray Mjadwesch.  When I look back upon this project it will be the photographs I remember.  They have been inspirational. Stella Reid and Ray Mjadwesch have helped in other ways also. Their advice and stories have helped bring numerous of these posts into existence. Ray has also been very generous with his research work. I urge readers to consult the Kangaroos at Risk website.


To the poets, who have been so generous with their work. In particular Judith Beveridge, John Kinsella, Christine Townend, and John Watson. I don’t quite know how to thank Judith Wright, R.F. Brissenden and J.S. Harry, who are no longer with us. It’s wonderful to have been able to include them. The libations go without saying.


To Uli Krahn, for her permission to reproduce so many extracts from Peppermint and Fencepost. Let’s hope it’s available in print very soon. I’ll be buying multiple copies.


To Helen Bergen, Andrew Burke, Cienwen Hickey and Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson, for their sometimes very timely support and encouragement.


And, of course, to you the readers. It has been a great deal of work, and a steep learning-curve, to produce these posts, but also a great pleasure and a privilege. I hope they have sometimes informed and sometimes entertained. Various of you have asked whether the project will continue beyond the 100 days, and whether I’ve any plans for a book publication. No on both counts at this point but I’ll keep you posted. I do have plans to write a small book of essays on the situation of the kangaroo in contemporary Australia, and hope to begin that shortly.


David Brooks

About David Brooks

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short-fiction writer and essayist. His work has been shortlisted for such prizes as the Miles Franklin Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Prize (twice), the Christina Stead Award, the Colin Roderick Award (twice), the National Book Award and the Adelaide Festival Award. He was the recipient of the 2015/16 Australia Council Fellowship in Fiction. He is an honorary Associate Professor in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. In recent years he has dedicated much of his writing to non-human animals and to advocating for them.  His The Grass Library; Sheltering Animals in the Blue Blue Mountains will be published by Brandl & Schlesinger later in 2018. It is hoped that a collection of his essays, Animal Dreams, will be published not long thereafter.

He lives (and writes) with rescue sheep.



About The Grass Library

Orpheus-Pumpkin in David's writing room

After a half-decade already of radical personal change, David Brooks is diagnosed with a debilitating disease and decides to leave his academic career and free himself to write full-time. He moves to an old farm on the outskirts of a mountain town, installs what remains of his library in a converted farm shed, and begins to write a biography of his dog Charlie. Things don’t quite go to plan. Sheep enter the picture, begin to visit the shed, sniff disrespectfully at the books. Soon it’s not only a book about a dog but, with Charlie as psychopomp, about sheep, wild ducks, rats, snakes – a book about a library turned upside-down, about liberation from one’s past, about previous assumptions of meaning and purpose exposed to the scrutiny of grass.

The Grass Library is one of the most beautifully written books about animals I have ever read. I cannot imagine anyone reading it without coming away in some profound sense altered.

– Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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