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Dhuuluu-Yala to Talk Straight : Publishing Aboriginal Literature in Australia - Anita Heiss

Dhuuluu-Yala to Talk Straight

Publishing Aboriginal Literature in Australia

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Published: 1st January 2003
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Dhuuluu-Yala is a Wiradjuri phrase meaning to talk straight and this book is straight talk about publishing Indigenous literature in Australia. It also includes broader issues that writers need to consider: engaging with readers and reviewers.The book covers the period up to the mid-1900s, though some references are included up to 2000. The pioneering roles of Aboriginal writers who have gone before and created a space has allowed for the growth of an Indigenous publishing industry.

About the Author

Anita is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is the author of Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon, I'm not racist, but..., My Story: the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, and a series of chick lit novels including Not Meeting Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming and Paris Dreaming. Her work has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Young People's History Prize and she has won the DEADLY award for writing a number of times. She is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but grew up in Matraville, Sydney.

"An informative and intelligent look at Aboriginal literature. Its strength lies in its fascinating and thought provoking discussion of identity, Aboriginality and power. Reading it will challenge and transform how you perceive yourself and those around you." --Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Author and Publisher, Canada

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Authorshipp. 1
Indigenous Writing and Identityp. 2
The Effects of Identity on Writingp. 17
Indigenous Discoursep. 25
Editing and Publishingp. 47
Publishing the Indigenous Wordp. 48
Editing Indigenous Literaturep. 66
Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rightsp. 83
Readershipp. 89
Selling Indigenous Literature to the Readerp. 90
Recognition of Authorsp. 106
Festivals, Conferences and Awardsp. 126
Canadian First Nations' Literaturep. 153
Maori Literaturep. 189
Catalogue of Indigenous Literaturep. 220
Select Bibliography of Canadian First Nations' literaturep. 235
Select Bibliography of Maori literaturep. 245
End Notesp. 250
Bibliographyp. 272
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780855754440
ISBN-10: 0855754443
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st January 2003
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.64

Anita Heiss

We are very fortunate at Booktopia to have interviewed Anita twice - read Anita's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions - here and her answers to our Five Facetious Questions - here

Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Indigenous literature.

Her published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, the poetry collection Token Koori, satirical social commentary Sacred Cows, non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) – Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and a children’s book entitled Me and My Mum. Anita has also edited editions of Southerly, Five Bells and the anthology Life in Gadigal Country.

In 2008, Anita co-edited with Peter Minter. The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, which showcases 81 different Aboriginal writers, playwrights, storytellers, poets, songwriters and leaders.

In 2007 Anita released three titles: Not Meeting Mr Right (Random House) for which she won the Deadly Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature. Her poetry collection also released this year I’m not racist, but… (Salt Publishing) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry and the kids novel Yirra and her deadly dog Demon (ABC Books), was launched at the 2007 Sydney Writers Festival by Her Excellency Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW.

Her most recent title is Avoiding Mr Right (Random House, 2008).

Anita has performed her works nationally (Sydney Writers’ Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, Message Sticks, Brisbane Writers Festival, Somerset Festival of Literature, Watermark, and Wordstorm, among others) and internationally in Spain, Austria, the USA, Canada, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, China, Paris, the UK, Tahiti and New Caledonia. She has also been published widely in journals, anthologies and on-line.

Anita was Communications Adviser for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (2001-2003), was a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Committee of Management from 1998-2004 and was Deputy Director of Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University from 2005-2006.

In 2003 in recognition of her literary achievements Anita was awarded the ASA Medal for Under 35s for her contribution to Australian community and public life. In 2004 Anita was awarded the NSW Indigenous Arts Fellowship and was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s “Smart 100”. She was also nominated for a 2004 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature.

In 2004, wrote and directed her first short-film “Checkerboard Love” as part of the Lester Bostock mentorship program through Metro Screen, Sydney. She was also writer in residence at Macquarie University.

Anita has made guest appearances on the Einstein Factor, Message Stick, Vulture, Critical Mass, A Difference of Opinion, The Catch up and 9am with David and Kim.

Anita is currently the Coordinator of the AustLit - Black Words research community.

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