In Living with Fire, historians Tom Griffiths and Christine Hansen trace both the history of fire in the region and the human history of the Steels Creek valley in a series of essays which examine the relationship between people and place. These essays are interspersed with four interludes compiled from material produced by the community. In the immediate aftermath of the fire many people sought to express their grief, shock, sadness and relief in artwork. These expressions, supplemented by historical archives and the essays they stand beside, offer a sensory and holistic window into the community's contemporary and historical experiences. A deeply moving book, Living with Fire brings to life the stories of one community's experience with fire, offering a way to understand the past, and in doing so, prepare for the future.
Christine Hansen has a PhD in history from the Australian National University in Canberra, where she was also a curator at the National Museum of Australia. Her research interests include finding stories of how people live in the landscape. She currently lives in Sweden where she is a researcher at Gothenburg University. Tom Griffiths is the author of Forests of Ash: An Environmental History and was awarded the Alfred Deakin Prize in 2009 for his analysis of Black Saturday. He is the W. K. Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University.