A collection of essays by Professor Anita Heiss that assist readers to better understand the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and publishing on Australia’s literary landscape.
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In late 2013 Professor Anita Heiss sent a series of questions to contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.
The responses she received are at times funny, sad, moving, and always deeply insightful. Universally an important piece of advice was to 'Read, read, read' if you want to write. As an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Anita was very happy to see that advice coming from some of Australia's most admired and read authors.
In 2019, Professor Anita Heiss continues her dialogue with some amazing, contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.
Again, their thoughtful and deeply insightful responses to questions trouble at the heart of what it is to carry the torch of Australia's oldest living cultures through the written word.
These interviews of prominent Aboriginal authors, Samuel Wagan Watson, Lionel Fogarty, Terri Janke, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Romaine Moreton, Lisa Bellear, were conducted during the course of Estelle Castro-Koshy's PhD (2007, The University of Queensland/Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3). They are invaluable resources to scholars and teachers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature, as well as anyone interested in Australian, Indigenous, or Oceanian history, culture, and contemporary politics and therefore constitute an important part of Australia's national heritage.
Welcome to this small collection of biographical stories that capture the experience of growing up in Australia as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. The authors range in age from young adults to older women and men but common to all of their experience is resilience and respect.
These stories are published by BlackWords as a result of an overwhelming volume of stories submitted to Black Inc. for consideration in the print collection edited by Dr Anita Heiss. We were offered the opportunity to participate in making these important stories available by Anita and Black Inc. publisher, Aviva Tuffield.
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