Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 12, 2014

Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ Litlovers 2014

ILW 2014

Visit this post – Indigenous Literature Week 2014 at ANZ Litlovers – to sign up if you want to participate in ILW for 2014.


Thanks to everyone who is participating in Indigenous Literature Week 2014 at ANZ Litlovers – I love hosting this celebration of indigenous writing!

ILW 2014 takes place to coincide with NAIDOC Week 2014 (July 6 – 13) but I will be monitoring this page until the end of July.

You are welcome to add your review/s early.

When you are ready to share your reviews:

Please use the Mr Linky below. Click on it, and enter

  • your name & the name of your blog (if you have one) and
  • the URL where your review is posted (your blog, your GoodReads or Library Thing account.

(Please do not add Amazon consumer reviews because they generate intrusive Amazon ads).

After that, please add a comment here as well,  which will alert me that you’ve added to the Mr Linky list.

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 master Indigenous Reading List.

If you don’t have a blog or a GoodReads/Library Thing account, then please tell us about the book you read in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

PS If you haven’t signed up to participate yet, or want to know more about ILW, please click here.

Reviews (in alphabetical order by author)

Do also visit Whispering Gums where Sue has written a special Monday Musings in honour of NAIDOC Week.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors

Yami, the autobiography of Yami Lester by Yami Lester, review by Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

Mullumbimby, by Melissa Lucashenko, review by Marilyn Brady at Me, You and Books

The Power of Bones by Keelen Mailman, review by Yvonne at Stumbling Through the Past

Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson, review by Jeniwren at GoodReads 

Dark Emu : Black seeds, agriculture or accident by Bruce Pascoe, review by Yvonne at Stumbling Through the Past, and another review by Janine at The Resident Judge of Port Phillip – make sure you read them both!

The Town Grew Up Dancing, by Wenten Rubuntja with Jenny Green, review by Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers

That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott (one of my most treasured books), review by Becky Lindross at Becky’s Books

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch, review by Marilyn Brady at Me, You and Books, and another from Sue at Whispering Gums.  Again, be sure to read them both!

Maori Authors

Baby No-eyes, by Patricia Grace (review by Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers)

And also …..


Calypso Summer (YA) by Jared Thomas, (review by Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers)

Children’s books

Silly Birds, by Gregg Driese (review at LisaHillSchoolStuff, my professional blog)

First Discovery Series (board books): Animals, People and Places and At the Billabong (review by Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers)


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  2. I have just reviewed The Power of Bones by Keelen Mailman.


    • Hi Yvonne, thanks for participating, I’ll add your book to the list:)


  3. I have just left a review for GRACE BESIDE ME by Sue McPherson


    • Thanks Jenny, I really must apologise for the delay in responding, I have $80 of Telstra 4G plugin internet time but I can hardly ever connect with it! I think we must be in a black spot here where my parents live in Burleigh Waters. The timing of this trip to Qld couldn’t be worse :(


  4. Just posted my review of Tara June Winch, Swallow the Air. Enjoyed it immensely.


    • It’s a wonderful book, isn’t it? I read it a couple of years ago and loved the way Winch was able to capture that young voice in the narrative. Thanks for participating Marilyn, I really value your support:)


  5. I’ve managed to read and review Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe in my day off after the Australian Historical Association conference. It was a great way to spend the day!


    • You are amazing, I was exhausted just reading your tweets:)
      Now that I’ve read your review, I realise that Dark Emu is a book of such significance, it’s a phenomenal cultural shift in our thinking about prior ownership of this land.
      BTW on the question of Aboriginal house-building, it was just yesterday when I was researching for my new unit of work about indigenous war service, that I found a report about Aboriginal heritage issues in the Lake Cowal area (where there was at least two massacres aka ‘punitive raids’, one of which killed the entire family of Private WJ Punch – he was the sole survivor, found trying to suckle from his dead mother). The report (a sober, dry document in bureaucratise, prepared in the context of a mining application) mentions evidence of Aborigines building substantial housing – yet still the myth of insubstantial ‘humpies’ persists.
      So well done you for spreading the word with your review, I will be using this information in my school’s Aboriginal Perspectives curriculum:)


  6. Snap! I’ve just reviewed ‘Dark Emu’ as well.


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  8. At the eleventh hour I posted my review, for Tara June Winch’s Swallow the air.


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