Nadia Wheatley grew up in Strathfield and in 1966 began an Arts Degree at The University of Sydney, with the intention of majoring in English, but switched to History, graduating with Honours in 1970. In 1972 she moved to Newtown, an inner city suburb of Sydney, and in 1975 she went to Greece to live, and there began to write seriously. She earned a MA Honours degree from Macquarie University in 1976.
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'Tonight is the night.
'The family has to flee.
'They've been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood.
'Set in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times. Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp where they can wait in safety for asylum in another country.
'In this first-time collaboration between multi-award-winning author, Nadia Wheatley, and internationally-renowned illustrator, Armin Greder, words and images blend seamlessly to take readers on a journey they will never forget. ' (Publication summary)
Playground : Listening to Stories from Country and from Inside the Heart2011anthology prose Indigenous story '"We use the bush as our school and as our playground", says one of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose voices combine in this anthology of true stories about childhood, compiled from a wide range of memoirs and oral histories.
Alongside reminiscences of getting bush tucker, going fishing and taking part in ceremony, there are descriptions of playing games, building cubbies and having fun. The warmth of home, the love of family and the strength of community shine through every story. Freedom goes hand in hand with responsibility, while respect and sharing are constant themes.
The eighty Elders - both past and present - who have contributed their words or artwork to this book include many prominent community leaders, educators and artists. Their life-stories span the twentieth century.
Just as important are the contemporary stories told by twenty secondary school students. Although some of these young people now make their home in the city, their connection to traditional country remains the source of learning.
As we listen to these stories that come from country and from inside the heart, we find wisdom that could help us care for each other and for the land where we all now live.' Source: ww.allenandunwin.com/ (Sighted 25/5/2011).