#AWW2016 Review – Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

  "Circles protect you, if you let them, girl. But you gotta let 'em. Gotta not get in their way." After a divorce, Jo has enough cash to go halves in 20 acres of land with her brother, land that is located in the valley where her Indigenous ancestors once lived. She sets about rebuilding her … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko

#AWW2016 Round-up (Happy Mother’s Day!)

First up - Happy Mother's Day!! I hope you all get as spoiled as I did - breakfast and hot chocolate in bed, along with a wonderful home-made card and a bag of home made gifts -perfect! Just a short post this week. In my first post of the year I wrote about how I'd signed … Continue reading #AWW2016 Round-up (Happy Mother’s Day!)

#AWW2016 Review – Bantam by Terry Whitebeach

Mick is an 18 year old Indigenous man living in the small town of Bantam. He’s just moved out of home and is struggling to find work, a decent place to live, and a girlfriend. I've never read anything quite like this book. Written for those “whose reading skills are dodgy, or even absent, but … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Bantam by Terry Whitebeach

#AWW2016 Review – Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

I got to hear Ellen van Neerven speak about her book, as well as many other issues faced by Indigenous people today, at the Tamar Valley Writers Festival just a few weeks ago. Though Ellen's book, 'Heat and Light', is presented as a collection of short stories, she said many people see it as a … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review – Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

#AWW2016 Review: Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane

   "I couldn't tell them I wanted to be white then. But if I was white I'd see myself everywhere. In the classroom, when I opened up a book or looked at a picture. In the crowded playground, laughing, skipping and jumping between elastics. Down the main street in town. Or on the movie screen. … Continue reading #AWW2016 Review: Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane

#aww2016 Book Review – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

  This is my first book review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016. I recently discovered The Tribe series by Ambelin Kwaymullina, starting with The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. What a brilliant story! It reminded me of Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn (another favourite of mine). Set in a post-apocalyptic world a young girl with special powers has to … Continue reading #aww2016 Book Review – The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina