Bronwyn Adcock is an award winning Australian journalist and writer with 25 years experience. She has worked as a radio current affairs reporter and radio documentary maker for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), as a video journalist for the international affairs program Dateline on SBS Television Australia, and as a freelance writer for the Griffith Review, The Saturday Paper and The Monthly.

In September 2021 her first book, ‘Currowan’, was released by Black Inc.

‘Vivid, visceral, adrenaline-filled, true: this is our mind-blowing new reality. Currowan is a throat-gripping, essential read for all Australians … for all humans. Be prepared. This book reads like a thriller and will haunt like a prophesy.’

Jonica Newby, author of Beyond Climate Grief


The story of a fire and a community during Australia’s worst summer

A moving insider’s account of surviving one of Australia’s worst bushfires – and how we live with fire in a climate-changed world. In Currowan, Bronwyn tells her story and those of many others – what they saw, thought and felt as they battled a blaze of never-before-seen intensity.

Currowan is a portrait of tragedy, survival and the power of community. Set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of an intensifying crisis, this immersive account of a region facing disaster is a powerful glimpse into a new, more dangerous world – and how we build resilience. 

‘A raw account of the Black Summer bushfires, combining vivid eyewitness testimony with a storyteller’s eye for detail and nuance. This story matters: not just as a memoir of loss and destruction and ragged weeks under orange skies, but as a warning for next time. Bronwyn Adcock brings this horror fire season to life, forcing us to ask whether the right lessons have been learned. For a population fractured and distracted by a pandemic, accounts like this are essential reading if we’re to have any chance of preventing a recurrence.’

Scott Ludlam, author of Full Circle

‘A searing account of surviving Australia’s Black Summer, laced with grim warnings about how exposed the country still is to more catastrophic bushfires.’

Michael Rowland, editor of Black Summer
and presenter of the ABC’s News Breakfast, author of Full Circle

‘A brilliant piece of reportage from the inside of the Black Summer maelstrom – and a frightening glimpse of the future that awaits us all as we ignore the causes of climate change.’

Adrian Hyland, author of Kinglake-350