Saturday, July 17, 2021

Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ Litlovers 2021

 Book Review: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss

Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ Litlovers 2021


 Indigenous Literature Week 2021 at ANZ Litlovers 

Cultural warning: Indigenous Australians are advised that some references in this blog include images or names of people now deceased.

For information about ILW 2021, click here.


Thanks to everyone who is participating in 2021 Indigenous Literature Week – I hope that hosting this celebration helps to make more people aware of indigenous writing!

You are welcome to add your review/s early (or late). I will be monitoring this page until the end of July.

When you are ready to share your reviews, please use comments below:


  • your name & the name of your blog (if you have one) and the URL where your review is posted (your blog, or your GoodReads or Library Thing account).  If you know the name of the Indigenous nation or language group of your author please include that too.

(Please do not add Amazon consumer reviews because they generate intrusive Amazon ads and I don’t care to support Amazon advertising).

  • If you don’t have a blog or a GoodReads/Library Thing account, then please share what you thought about the book you read in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
  • Or, if you’d like to write a review of greater length, contact me at anzlitloversATbigpondDOTcom about writing a guest review to be hosted on the ANZ LitLovers blog.

I will gather these links to generate a list which will be added under the headings below on this page. I will also add any new titles that crop up to the permanent Indigenous Reading List.

PS If you haven’t signed up to participate yet, or want to know more about ILW, click on the link at the top of this page. Monday musings on Australian literature: Recovering Australia’s Indigenous languages

2021 Reviews (in alphabetical order by author)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors

Evelyn Aruluen, a Goorie-Koori woman from Wurundjeri Country in New South Wales

Larissa Behrendt* of the Eualeyai/Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people whose lands extended from New South Wales to southern Queensland.

Aunty Patsy Cameron, a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in North East Tasmania, and Lisa Kennedy a descendant of the coastal Pairebeenne/Trawlwoolway clan.

Gregg Dreise, a Kamilaroi and Euahlayi author and illustrator from northwest NSW

Stan Grant, a “self-identified Indigenous Australian who counts himself among the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi, Dharrawal and Irish.”

Anita Heiss, a Wiradjuri woman from NSW

Robert Isaacs, an Aboriginal Elder from the Whadjuk-Bibilmum Wardandi Noongar language group, with Tanaz Byrami (2021)

Ambelin Kwaymullinafrom the Palyku people of the Pilbara in Western Australia

Gay’wu Group of Women, consisting of Yolŋu women from north-east Arnhem Land in Australia’s far north, and non-Aboriginal women

Kerry Reed-Gilbert, a Wiradjuri woman from NSW

Ambelina Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, from the Palyku people of the Pilbara in Western Australia

Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander born on Larrakia Country in Darwin.

Kunyi June Anne McInerney whose family’s language group is Yankunytjatjara.

Marie Munkara  descended from the Tiwi, Chinese & Rembarranga people whose lands are southeast of Katherine in the Northern territory.

Bruce Pascoe, a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man

Leah Purcell, a Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.

Kim Scott of the Noongar people of the southern coast of Western Australia

Elfie Shiosaki, a Noongar and Yawuru writer from WA.

Nardi Simpson, a Yuwaalaray woman from the North West NSW freshwater plains

Cindy Solonec is a Nigena (Nyikina) woman from the West Kimberley.

Miranda Tapsell, a Larrakia woman from the Northern Territory

Adam Thompson, a pakana (Aboriginal) writer from Launceston, Tasmania

Margaret Tucker, born in NSW of Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta descent.

Ben Tyler, from the Bininj/Mungguy peoples and cultures of Kakadu, writing collaboratively with Diane Lucas and Emma Long

Ellen Van Neerven, a writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage who identifies with the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim in Queensland

Karen Wyld, of Martu descent, from people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia

Maori and Pacific Authors

Tina Makerti, of Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto descent.

Pauline Vaeluaga Smith, Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and Irish descent

And from elsewhere…

Niviaq Korneliussen, an Inuit writer from Greenland