Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Pascoe has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His book Fog a Dox (published by Magabala Books in 2012), won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Dark Emu was published in 2014 by Magabala Books and was shortlisted in the Victorian and Queensland Literature Awards. It shared the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016.