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Barrina South Barrina South i(A107535 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Paakantji / Barkindji
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Barrina is a Barkindji artist, critic and writer dedicated to writing about topics and themes affecting land, place, culture, and history, and an academic who has demonstrated as part of a MA (Hons) the important role NSW Aboriginal women autobiographical narratives play in educating the wider audience of Aboriginal women’s lived experiences.

In 2022, she was one of five Australian poets selected to participate in the Invisible Walls: poetry as a Doorway to Intercultural Understanding. In the same year, she was published in The Art Issue of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction Poetry, appointed Writer in Residence at University of Canberra and facilitated a poetry workshop at the Purrumpa First Nations Arts & Culture Gathering, Adelaide.

In 2023, her work has been published in the special issue of the Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Kolkata, India and Authora Australia: online blind reviewed literary journal.

Barrina is a current member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN), a Director of Us Mob Writing (UMW) and a contributor and editor of UMW Too Deadly Our Voice Our Way Our Business. Barrina has exhibited her art locally and internationally, has extensive experience in curatorial and collection management working in both federal and state cultural institutions. Barrina lives in Queanbeyan, NSW and works closely with communities across New South Wales in the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Other Works:

Tacon, Paul Stephen Charles, South, Barrina and Hooper, Shaun Boree Depicting cross-cultural interaction : figurative designs in wood, earth and stone from south-east Australia. , 2003.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2023 recipient Varuna Fellowships First Nations Fellowship for their manuscript of poetry

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Too Deadly : Our Voice Our Way Our Business Belconnen : Us Mob Writing , 2017 12334897 2017 anthology poetry short story autobiography prose

'Too Deadly is a fitting title for this powerful and diverse collection of First Nations writings. Offerings include prose and narrative poetry; flash fiction, fiction and creative non-fiction; and life writing. The writers gathered bring to the fore evocative snippets from the many different nations of Indigenous Australia; the themes range from the personal to the political – the big and the small picture leap off the page.'

Source: Jeanine Leane, Wiradjuri writer, Academic. (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Anthology
Life on Brewarrina Mission 2006 single work life story

This is the story of June Barker and her experiences living on Brewarrina Mission. (Source: Barrina South, Oct 2016)

2006 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer : David Unaipon Award
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