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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.

    Anita writes a blog at https://anitaheiss.wordpress.com/ and her '20 Reasons You Should Read Blak' is a great reading list for achieving a deeper understanding of the place of storytelling in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

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      Anita Heiss

    • From 'Love Poems and Death Threats'
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      Sam Wagan Watson

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      Melissa Lucashenko

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      Kim Scott

    • From 'Grace Beside Me'
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      Sue McPherson

    • From 'Deadly D and Justice Jones : The Search'
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      Dave Hartley

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      Dub Leffler

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      Bruce Pascoe

    • From 'Heat and Light'
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      Ellen van Neerven

    • From 'The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe'
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      John Maynard

    • From 'Connection Requital'
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      Lionel Fogarty

    • From 'Hey Mum, What's a Half-Caste'
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      Lorraine McGee-Sippel

    • From 'Message Stick : Contemporary Aboriginal Writ
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      Kerry Reed-Gilbert

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      Ali Cobby Eckermann

    • From 'Auntie Rita'
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      Jackie Huggins

    • From 'Settling Day'
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      Kate Howarth

    • From 'Songs That Sound Like Blood'
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      Jared Thomas

    • From 'Rise of the Fallen'
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      Teagan Chilcott

    • From 'Life B'long Ali Drummond'
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      Samantha Faulkner

    • From 'Our Stories Are Our Survival'
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      Lawrence Bamblett

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