Trees have always stood in the background of our lives, silent witnesses to our joys and tragedies. In the mountains we have taken their abundance for granted, but now, there are spaces where their shade once fell. This work gives voice to the trees of Pilot Hill, assigns them stories of their own beyond that of survival.
Dark Forest is not so much a collaboration, but a collective of authors each contributing their creativity and talent to make the trees speak, and to help the people of this region memorialise and celebrate. They are participating simply because I asked them for help. This in itself is an echo of the generosity we of the Snowy experienced from across Australia and the world during the fires—and so Dark Forest nods to that overwhelming spirit of solidarity in its creation, as much as it commemorates the green giants we lost to the flames, and celebrates what survived.
Incense Cedar Written and narrated by Sulari Gentill
Ulmus Written by Robert Gott and narrated by Grant Luhrs.
Blood and Bone Written by Kaaron Warren and narrated by Robert Beegling
Ponderosa Pine Written by Melinda Smith and narrated by Moyra Shields
Tree Story Written by Daniel O'Malley and narrated by Kate Kynaston
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