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Nadia Wheatley Nadia Wheatley i(A24634 works by)
Also writes as: N. K. Mara
Born: Established: 1949 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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1 Her Mother’s Daughter : A Memoir Nadia Wheatley , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Jessie Street National Women's Library Newsletter , May vol. 30 no. 2 2019; (p. 3)
'It was a privilege to hear the multi-award-winning author of many books for children, biographer of Charmian Clift and now memoirist, Nadia Wheatley. Nadia’s talk focused on her recent book, Her Mother’s Daughter, the intense and complex story of her mother Neen’s life, and Nadia’s memories of childhood, a relationship truncated by her mother’s death when she was only nine. These memories were tended by Nadia, taken out and drawn on over the years to keep her presence real.' (Introduction) 
1 [Review] Falling Backwards: Australian Historical Fiction and the History Wars Nadia Wheatley , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 50 no. 2 2019; (p. 270-271)

'I was about to begin writing this review when I read an article by Grace Karskens in the latest Griffith Review, concerning a visit she recently made to Dyarubbin (aka the Hawkesbury River) in the company of three Darug women and the historian/archaeologist Paul Irish. Together they are uncovering the Aboriginal history of the early settlers’ farms that flank the river – a hidden history that runs in parallel (and sometimes conflicts) with the well-known pioneer history of this country. The name of their project, ‘The Real Secret River: Dyarubbin’, instantly brings to mind Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel, which of course is set on the Hawkesbury.'  (Introduction)

1 2 y separately published work icon Her Mother's Daughter : A Memoir Nadia Wheatley , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 13938951 2018 single work biography

''Why didn’t you and Daddy want people to give you any presents?' I used to ask. But my mother could never be drawn into talking about the wedding. I assumed it was because she did not wish to be reminded of the ghastly mistake she had made in marrying my father.

'AS a child, Nadia Wheatley had a sense of the great divide between her parents, who had met and married while working in Germany on the front line of the Cold War. Growing up in 1950s Australia, the child became a player in their deadly contest. Was she her mother’s daughter, or her father’s creature?

'At the age of ten, the author began writing down her mother’s stories: her Cinderella-like childhood, and her escape into a career as army nurse and refugee aid worker. Fifty years later, the finished memoir is not only a loving tribute but also a social history of twentieth-century Australia, told through the lives of a mother and her daughter.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Learning from Country Nadia Wheatley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Ab-Original , vol. 1 no. 2 2017; (p. 243-256)

'This article describes the author's journey through the collaborative process of making six award-winning books, all of which begin with the principle of "Learning from Country," which the author encountered while working in the Aboriginal community of Papunya (Northern Territory, Australia) and later used with culturally diverse urban students in Sydney. This experience confirms that Indigenous principles of education ore best-practice pedagogical principles, no matter where the learning takes place. Whatever "country" (whether city or bush) students live on, and whatever ''country" (geopolitical nation) their families originally come from, a way of learning that puts the Aboriginal sense of Counuy (encompassing home, homeland, environment, and habitat) at the center is the holistic way of learning that young people need in the twenty-first century if they are to sustain the very planet they live on. This model of learning, collaborative and co-operative, also confirms students both in their individual identity and in their sense of belonging to their neighborhood community.'

Source: Abstract.

1 Belsen Nadia Wheatley , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2015 2015;
1 4 y separately published work icon Flight Nadia Wheatley , Armin Greder (illustrator), Kew East : Windy Hollow , 2015 8300096 2015 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units)

'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)

1 [Untitled] Nadia Wheatley , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society , June vol. 100 no. 1 2014; (p. 113-115)

— Review of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka Clare Wright , 2013 single work biography
1 An Australian Alter Ego Nadia Wheatley , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 100 2014; (p. 42-47)
'Nadia Wheatley on the 50th anniversary of George Johnston's My Brother Jack'
1 7 y separately published work icon Playground : Listening to Stories from Country and from Inside the Heart Nadia Wheatley , East Melbourne : Allen and Unwin , 2011 Z1781087 2011 anthology 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: (Sighted 25/5/2011).
1 1 y separately published work icon Making My Place : Behind the Scenes of the Television Series Nadia Wheatley , Pymble : ABC Books , 2010 Z1697529 2010 single work criticism
1 Tableau N. K. Mara , 2009 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 68 no. 4 2009; (p. 223-238)
1 Learning from the Bush Nadia Wheatley , 2008 single work prose
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 20 2008; (p. 91-96)
1 9 y separately published work icon Going Bush Nadia Wheatley , Ken Searle (illustrator), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1363778 2007 single work picture book children's Children discover the Wolli Creek Valley south west of Sydney, New South Wales.
1 Alien Nadia Wheatley , 2006 single work short story young adult
— Appears in: Listening to Mondrian 2006; (p. 136-145)
1 Mum's Date Nadia Wheatley , 2006 single work short story young adult
— Appears in: Listening to Mondrian 2006; (p. 105-135)
1 1 y separately published work icon Listening to Mondrian Nadia Wheatley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2006 Z1494887 2006 selected work short story young adult

'This one time, listening to Mondrian has let me go beyond the prison bars. And if you've escaped once, I reckon, you're always able to break free, one way or another.

'The characters in these compelling stories explore who they are, and how they fit into their family, their community and their world. Listening to Mondrian brings together two new stories and six of the best from Nadia Wheatley's award-winning The Night Tolkien Died to speak to a new generation of readers.' (Publication summary)

1 Still Flying Towards the Sun Nadia Wheatley , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , May vol. 15 no. 8 2005; (p. 11-13)
Nadia Wheatley repudiates the parallel drawn between the lives of Charmian Clift, Zelda Fitzgerald and Sylvia Plath. She also discusses Clift's identity in Australia as a political writer through her essays written between 1964 to her death in 1969.
1 Remembering Mary Malbunka Nadia Wheatley , 2005 single work obituary (for Mary N. Malbunka )
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 20 no. 2 2005; (p. 4-6)
Nadia Wheatly tells the story of Mary Malbunka's life, from her childhood in the Northern Territory to writing her books, to her death in 2004.
1 The Long Haul of a Devotion to Writers and Their Rights Nadia Wheatley , 2004 single work obituary (for Barbara Jefferis )
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 January 2004; (p. 50)
1 Like Australia Nadia Wheatley , 2003 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 4 2003; (p. 178-189)