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Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia - Anita Heiss

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Paperback Published: 16th April 2018
ISBN: 9781863959810
Number Of Pages: 320

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What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation – on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups.

Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning coastal and desert regions, cities and remote communities. All of them speak to the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

Contributors include: Tony Birch, Deborah Cheetham, Adam Goodes, Terri Janke, Patrick Johnson, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Jack Latimore, Celeste Liddle, Amy McQuire, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Miranda Tapsell, Jared Thomas, Aileen Walsh, Alexis West, Tara June Winch, and many, many more.

About the Editor

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She lives in Brisbane.

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A must read

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This is a book for all that want to know more about being aboriginal in Australia.

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Great book

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Great book and a book that gives insights into the hardships and difficulties that Aboriginal people have had to cope with.

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great insight into Aboriginal life in Australia

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This is an inspiring read, gives great personal insight into life in Australia for Aboriginal people from all walks of life.

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Growing up Aboriginal is a great learning resource

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I am using this book as a learning resource at my community organisation that works with people with dementia and their carers. Its been a good book to pass onto fellow workers to raise their awareness of Aboriginal issues. A real plus for time-poor people, is its short real-life stories. Especially easy to pickup for short intervals.

Northern Rivers, NSW

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GURANGATCH & MIRAGAN

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This book is the story of the creation of Burragorang Valley in the Blue Mountains by the serpent Gurangatch and the tiger cat Miragan. The two legendary creatures fought an epic battle as Miragan tried to catch the serpent and as they struggled they tore up the land. So the great rivers of Wollondilly and Warragamba and Cox and Kowmung were created as they flowed into the spaces left in the Land.Their battles created waterholes and gorges which can still be seen today. It is a story for children to help them understand the geography of this region-but also of interest to all people who live on the fringes of the Blue mountains as an introduction to Gundungorra culture.

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ISBN: 9781863959810
ISBN-10: 1863959815
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16th April 2018
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.7  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.34

Anita Heiss


About the Author


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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