Here we are at the end of Indigenous Literature Week 2013 at ANZ LitLovers, and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated. I am very grateful to all those who showed their support for NAIDOC week by reading, reviewing, blogging, tweeting and advertising this event in social media.
NAIDOC Week – a celebration of indigenous culture and achievement – is going from strength to strength, with more and more activities taking place and reaching out to non-indigenous people across the country. Local councils, libraries, state and federal governments hosted all kinds of events and ANZ LitLovers is pleased to be part of that development: my aim in hosting an Indigenous Literature Week is to encourage people to seek out and enjoy the books that indigenous authors have contributed to Australian and New Zealand literature.
The reviews readers have contributed have all been added to this site’s database of indigenous reading resources. This database now includes a wealth of great books – from children’s books to YA; from memoir to history: and fiction of all kinds. The reviews which readers have so generously contributed is what makes this a marvellous resource – it’s not just a list of titles because it showcases reader responses, which spread the word that indigenous writing offers a distinctive perspective on Australian life and experience.
I will be monitoring the reviews page until the end of July and will add any additional reviews to the database if you contact me using me using the Mr Linky button and comments box on the reviews page.
I will also be updating the database of indigenous reading resources when new books come to my attention. You might like to bookmark this page because you can also use it to access links to
- the AustLit database BlackWords,
- the reading list at Anita Heiss’s blog,
- the helpful list at Christchurch City Library or
- Yvonne Perkins list of histories and biographies.
I am still hopeful that one day Indigenous Literature Week will be picked up and taken over by an indigenous blogger, that’s my long-term goal. With Indigenous Literature Week 2012 and 2013 I’ve just used whatever clout I’ve got, to get it started so that non-indigenous readers participate and get to know the wealth of great writing out there. What I’d really like is that eventually I will be able to co-host this with another site, and then, in time, withdraw, when Indigenous Literature Week is an established part of the reading calendar for all of us.
Thanks again, everyone!