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Fabienne Bayet Fabienne Bayet i(A14652 works by) (a.k.a. Fabienne Bayet-Charlton)
Born: Established: 1970 Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: May 2011 South Australia,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Bundjalung people ; Aboriginal
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Born to a Bundjalung mother and a Belgian father, Bayet worked for the Native Title Unit, the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and in the Parliamentary Research Unit. After moving from Canberra to Adelaide, Bayet concentrated more on her writing and motherhood. In her spare time she was a volunteer firefighter.

Most Referenced Works

Affiliation Notes

  • Aboriginal South Australian

Awards for Works

Watershed 2005 single work novel

'A haunting novel of loss and redemption, Watershed tells with great poignancy and ironic insight the story of Eve and her husband Marconi, whose son David disappeared one day in the Murray River. A novel of contemporary Australian life.' (Source: TROVE)

2006 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
Finding Ullagundahi Island 2001 single work novel An autobiographical novel. Through the memories of her much-loved grandmother, Mabel Freeman, Fabienne is looking for her family's untold history and Aboriginality. As a young woman, Mabel Freeman made the journey from the lush green coast to the dry red landscape of Coober Pedy where she lived in a dug-out with her opal-hunting lover, Bruno. The juxtaposition of desert and river highlights the incredible distance, both literally and metaphorically, that Mabel, and in turn Fabienne, travelled from their land and culture. Source: (Sighted: 30/06/2009)
2000 highly commended Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer : David Unaipon Award
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