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The University of Queensland Stories for Reconciliation Club

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  • The UQ Stories for Reconciliation Club

    Are you interested in exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences in historical and contemporary settings through great books, films, documentaries and other stories?

    We invite you to join UQ’s Stories for Reconciliation Club.

    The group has no political or religious affiliations and people from all backgrounds with an interest in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories expanding their knowledge and understanding of current and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences are welcome.

    We get together a few times a year to discuss a story that has relevance to Indigenous experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

    Explore the information on the pages linked on the left and contact us for details on how to access more of AustLit and BlackWords.

    Register here

  • The Stories

  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia - 27 March 2019

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    Follow this link to find out more about this fantastic collection of stories about childhoods in Australia as an Aboriginal person.

  • Wrong Kind of Black - 14 November 2018

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    Wrong Kind of Black the television series.

    Follow this link to learn more about the thoroughly brilliant Boori Prior and to prepare for the discussion.

  • Mystery Road - 1 August 2018


    Mystery Road the television series.

    Follow this link to explore information about Mystery Road and other relevant texts. 

  • Taboo - 6 June 2018

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    Taboo by Kim Scott.

    Follow this link for contextual information on the author and subject matter.

  • Mullumbimby - March 2018

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    Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

    Follow this link for contextual information on the author and subject matter.

  • Riding the Black Cockatoo - December 2017

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    Riding the Black Cockatoo by John Danalis

    Follow this link for contextual information on the author and subject matter.

  • General Reading

  • Behrendt, Larissa. 'Censorship Today, Censorship Tomorrow'. Keynote address, Melbourne Writers Festival, 2013.

    Winners vanquish losers; we all know they write history. But each instance of conquest has its own historical peculiarities, its own legacies.

    A transcript of Behrendt's keynote address about the different challenges of writing from within and without the dominant culture, and what it means even when an author fails.

  • Birch, Tony. 'Too Many Australians Remain Ignorant of Aboriginal Writing', The Guardian, 31 August 2013.

    It is rare for an event concerned with Aboriginal writing to pass without the question coming from the floor; 'Can non-Aboriginal people write an Aboriginal character?'

    Based on a keynote address from the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2013, this essay by Birch considers the extent to which Aboriginal writing is at best overlooked (and at worst invisible) in the Australian literary marketplace.

  • Grant, Stan. 'The Politics of Identity: We Are Trapped in the Imaginations of White Australians', The Guardian, 14 December 2015.

    Some of us are bound in our own paradox; our sense of ourselves rooted in traditions or history or suffering may sit awkwardly with the realities of our increasingly cosmopolitan, middle class, suburban lives.

    Beginning specifically with Indigenous experience of belonging and isolation in Australia, Grant expands his analysis to take in the whole of the ' increasingly homogenised and globalised world'.

  • Nolan, Maggie. 'Reading Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance: Book Clubs and Postcolonial Literary Theory', JASAL vol. 16, no. 2, 2016.

    In undertaking research with book clubs, it has become clear how little currency contemporary postcolonial approaches in literary studies have among book club readers.

    An academic article that examines the ways in which book clubs approach Kim Scott's novel of cross-cultural contact, including a book club with a special focus on issues of reconciliation.

  • Pascoe, Bruce. 'Andrew Bolt's Disappointment'. Griffith Review, vol. 36, 2012.

    I had been hoping they would be delighted by the story but it offends or embarrasses them that they have never heard of it.

    Written between the legal proceedings brought against Andrew Bolt for a breach of the Racial Discrimination Act and Pascoe's publication of Dark Emu, this essay straddles the two, discussing Aboriginal identity and culture and how they are both maintained and erased.

  • General Viewing

  • Stan Grant on the Australian Dream (IQ2 Debate)

  • Bruce Pascoe on Aboriginal Agriculture

  • Kim Scott and the Miles Franklin Oration

  • Alexis Wright and Alice Walker in Discussion, Sydney Writers Festival

  • General Listening

  • Dark Emu: Bruce Pascoe and Tony Birch in Conversation

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