Bruce was born in Victoria (south-eastern Australia) in 1947 and graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education. He has a Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, farm fence contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archeological site worker and book editor. He has written 27 books including a loosely linked series of 5 novels and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers´ Literature Award in 1999. His novel, Fog, won the Prime Minister’s award in 2013. His stories have won 10 national competitions and been published in 6 languages and 9 countries.
With Lyn Harwood he published Australian fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 17 years. Up until 1998 they published 61 issues of a magazine called Australian Short Stories which published contemporary Australian fiction with some guest contributions from overseas authors. Over the years they published most of the prominent writers in this country including, Patrick White, Gillian Mears, Elizabeth Jolley, Frank Moorhouse, Helen Garner, Frank Hardy and more than 500 others. In 1995 to celebrate 50 issues of Australian Short Stories we published Fabulous at Fifty. This collection of 50 of our best stories is still available for purchase.
Over the last few years much of Bruce’s work has involved research into indigenous history, indigenous language revival and being Secretary of the local Aboriginal Corporation. As well as those books detailed in the Non-Fiction page of this site, a collaboration with the Wathaurong Aboriginal community resulted in a series of Wathaurong language teaching aids, including a film & CD rom.
The series, Yarning Strong, to which Bruce contributed recently won the Australian Publisher’s Association, Education Award in two categories, Overall and Best Reading series.
Bruce and Lyn now live by the Genoa River in Far East Gippsland. The photo used as the header of was taken by John Blay at Lake Barracoota, just one of many stunning places close at hand on this amazing wilderness coastline.