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Patti Miller Patti Miller i(A532 works by) (a.k.a. Pattie Miller)
Born: Established: 1954 Wellington, Wellington area, Wellington - Dubbo - Narromine area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Patti Miller has worked as a teacher of life writing classes and founded the Life Stories Workshops. She has also worked as a manuscript editor.

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The Mind of a Thief 2012 single work autobiography

'For 40,000 years the Central NSW area of Wellington was Aboriginal - Wiradjuri - land. Following the arrival of white men, it became a penal settlement, mission station, gold-mining town and farming centre with a history of white comfort and black marginalisation. In the late 20th century, it was also the subject of the first post-Mabo Native Title claim, bringing new hope - and new controversy - to the area and its people.

Wiradjuri land is also where author Patti Miller was born and, mid-life, it begins to exert a compelling emotional pull, demanding her return. Post-children, having lived a dream life in Paris, it is hard for her to understand, or ignore, and so she is drawn into the story at the heart of Australian identity - who are we in relation to our beloved but stolen country?

Wellington and the Wiradjuri people are the main characters - and in revealing their complex narratives, Patti uncovers her own. Are her connections to this place through her convict forefathers, or through another, secret history? She sets out on a journey of exploration and takes us with her. Black and white politics, the processes of colonisation, family mythologies, generational conflict and the power of place are evoked as Patti weaves a story that is very personal and, at the same time, a universal story of country and belonging.

The Mind of a Thief is about identity, history, place and belonging and, perhaps most of all, about how we create ourselves through our stories.' Source: http://uqp.com.au/ (Sighted 03/04/2012).

2013 winner New South Wales Premier's History Prize New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-fiction
2013 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2013 longlisted The Stella Prize
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