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December 6
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Interest Group on Zoom under Chatham House rule

Archie Roach – A memoir

MF Digital: Non-Fiction Interest Group

Hosted by:
Peter Lamell

December 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend.

Not many have lived as many lives as Archie Roach AM – stolen child, seeker, teenage alcoholic, lover, father, leader, musical and lyrical genius  – but it took him almost a lifetime to find out who he really was. Often referred to as ‘Uncle Archie’, he was a Gunditjmara and Bundjalung elder who campaigned for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In July 2022, when he died, his family gave permission for his name, image and music to be used “so that his legacy will continue to inspire.”

Tell Me Why (Simon & Schuster Australia, 2019) is a stunning account of resilience and strength of spirit – and of a great love story with his partner, soul mate and wife, the late Ruby Hunter.

This intimate, moving and often shocking memoir, tells of overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people. It tells of an extraordinary odyssey through joy and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.

Roach first became known for the song “Took the Children Away” in 1990. He toured around the globe, headlining and opening shows for Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega and Patti Smith. His work has been recognised by numerous nominations and awards, including a Deadly Award for a “Lifetime Contribution to Healing the Stolen Generations” in 2013. At the 2020 ARIA Music Awards, he was inducted into their hall of fame.

Tell Me Why voices the happiness, pain and hope Archie Roach found on his path through song to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller – beloved and mourned by fans worldwide.

Winner of the 2020 Indie Book of the Year Non-Fiction
Winner of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing
Shortlisted for the 2020 ABIA Biography Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the Booksellers’ Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards, Non-Fiction 

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