Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman - the heartwarmimg story of musician, storyteller and craftsman, Ronnie Summers as he recalls the freedom of growing up Cape Barren Island and how the music passed on by his uncles and the island’s old fellas has shaped his life. He draws on a childhood working the mutton-bird islands, a ‘kangaroo court’ prison term as a bewildered teenager, and then turning to alcohol after the death of his son before a discovery about his ancestry enabled him to turn his life…
Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York - The exile of the Indigenous population of Hope Valley during World War II is a shameful yet seldom-told chapter in the history of Australia’s dealings with its first people. But in Cockatoo: My Life in Cape York, Roy McIvor’s inspirational outlook and generous spirit show how he and his people triumphed over the hardship to which they were subjected, eventually returning home to re-build their community, now known as Hope Vale.
Wyndham Yella Fella - Reginald Birch remembers his years growing up in the town of Wyndham on the far north-western coast of Australia. Brilliantly captured are the many bittersweet experiences of his family, such as fleeing the Forrest River Mission to escape the threat of a WWII Japanese invasion, and travelling the vast Kimberley landscape in search of work and a place to settle.
Lorraine McGee-Sippel was just a small girl when she asked her parents what a half-caste was. It was the and the first step on a journey that would span decades and lead her to search for her birth family.
Ngay Janijirr Ngank – This is my Word - A beautifully illustrated account of the life of Magdalene Williams of the Nyulnyul people. Although she was raised in the confines of Beagle Bay mission in the Kimberley, she was constantly exposed to her traditional culture through her elders. Magdalene's account of the coming of the missionaries, and the destruction of Law and culture is interwoven with the richness and diversity of her Nyulnyul stories.
Woman From No Where - Born in the Depression, at eleven sent to work as a domestic, at seventeen married and on the track as a drover's wife. A compelling story of tragedy and resilience set in a bygone era of hardy bush survival. A story by Hazel McKellar as told to Kerry McCallum.
The Man from the Sunrise Side - Shortlisted WA Premier's Book Awards and NSW Premier's Literary Awards. An insight into a man's precarious journey from traditional beginnings in the Kimberley bush under the protection of ancient, ancestral rock paintings, to life under the alien colonial system of Kalumburu Mission. Written by Ambrose Chalarimeri.
Once in Broome - In this montage of memoir, art, silk paintings and photographs, Sally Bin Demin remembers her childhood growing up in Broome during the 1940s and 50s. As one of the ‘after the war kids', Sally's lifestyle was embedded in the many cultural traditions of the people who lived in the old pearling town. She had the world at her doorstep.