Uncle Herb Wharton is an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal author, poet, oral historian, novelist, short story writer and storyteller who left school at the age of 12 and began droving. He has possibly seen more of outback Australia from horseback than most of European explorers combined.Herb has experienced more than 40 years of living a bushman’s life; a drover, stockman, rodeo rider and all-round bush worker. He was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.
Herb was born in Cunnamulla in western Queensland in 1936. His maternal grandmother was of the Kooma people; his grandfathers were Irish and English. Uncle Herb is now an Elder of the Kooma people, a trustee of Eulo Aboriginal Reserve, a former member of the board of directors of Cunnamulla Aboriginal Housing Co-op and a life member of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
‘Uncle Herb’ is one of Australia’s most-travelled writers, both locally and internationally, and is an ambassador for not only Aboriginal people and their literature, but also mainstream Australia, in regards to cultural tourism.
Kings with Empty Pockets: Poetry Reading Sat 26 Aug 11am-12pm Wynnum Library, free
Yarn Time with Uncle Herb Sun 27 Aug 10-11am Judith Wright IMA Forecourt, free
Borrowed Verse Sun 27 Aug 130pm Judith Wright Performance, free