Heiss, Anita, ed.: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss, ed.

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2018

What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect … 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. (blurb)

The book is reviewed for Honest History by David Stephens. Reviews also in Books and Publishing, NT News, Saturday Paper, Whispering Gums blog. There is a panel on the book at the Sydney Writers Festival on 6 May. Teaching notes are available. Submissions not published in the book. Anita Heiss talks to Fran Kelly on ABC RN. Another podcast with the editor.

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