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Understorey: Wording the Wheatbelt, pt 1

Wednesday 18th July / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Western Australia’s wheatbelt has re-shaped the South West, producing 60% of Australia's wheat exports, but often at the expense of local ecology.  So if this stretch of soil and rainfall has been a key element in Western Australia's economic and cultural story, what have writers been able to say about it?  Understorey asks UWA's Tony Hughes-D'Aeth about his landmark literary history, to discover what the new arrivals and their acclimatising descendant wordsmith notables made of sheep and crops beyond the Darling Ranges, an agricultural landscape "Like Nothing on this Earth," so important to Western Australia's character, and yet these days, so rarely travelled.  (Photo: A Glamorgan)

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