Posted by: Lisa Hill | July 15, 2014

Wrapping up Indigenous Literature Week 2014 at ANZ LitLovers

ILW 2014

Once again we come to the end of Indigenous Literature Week 2013 at ANZ LitLovers, and I would like to thank all those who showed their support for NAIDOC week by reading, reviewing, blogging, commenting, tweeting and advertising this event in social media.

There was a depressing setback on the eve of  NAIDOC Week  – our Prime Minister had made the offensive claim that Australia was unsettled before the arrival of the First Fleet, and like many others I felt that this insult to our indigenous people could not have been worse timed.  But I was heartened by the widespread condemnation of his remarks, by the dignity with which Aboriginal representatives responded, and by the way NAIDOC celebrations to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples went ahead with good will and enthusiasm just the same.

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, and so I was delighted to see that indigenous authors have responded to Anita Heiss’s question ‘What book do you think every Australian should read?’ with a wealth of great reading to savour.  You can see their recommendations at Whispering Gums where there is also a great article called In Conversation with Black Words.

The reviews readers have contributed have all been added to this site’s database of indigenous reading resources.  This database continues to grow -including everything 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, it’s word-of-mouth recommendations.

I would also like to thank indigenous publishers Magabala Books and Jukurrpa Books (IAD Press), and the book distributors and Dennis Jones and Associates for their support with ILW.

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

Thanks again, everyone!


  1. I enjoyed Indigenous Literature Week as always. Thank you so much for running it each year Lisa.


    • Thanks, Yvonne:)
      (You know, I was thinking of you just this morning as I began another commissioned history book, and am trying to read it with an historian’s eye…)


  2. Thanks Lisa – I wish there’d been more reviews were posted but I think each year more people are aware of your challenge and so I think your awareness-raising goal is being achieved regardless of whether people remember to come back here and post their reviews!


    • Thanks, Sue:) I hope you’re right about that!


      • I think I am — the AWW Challenge mentions it. I see it in tweets (not just yours) etc. Slowly but surely …


  3. Indigenous week came up too fast and I wasn’t organised. Next year I plan to participate but enjoyed reading the posts of it. Abbotts remarks were disheartening but on the good side people were able to protest his remarks and show the world what a public out cry there were of the remarks. We have to endure a couple of more years of him and no doubt he will offend the rest of the world before he is finished.


    • LOL He’s made a good start on that…


  4. Hi Lisa,
    Did you register your event at NAIDOC? I’m sure they would love it to be on their list of events if you didn’t do so.
    Admirable challenge and one that I’ll do my best to be involved with in the future. Pity I missed it this year though.


    • Hi Tony, thanks for dropping by:)
      *sigh* I didn’t register it this year – I did last year but there was no acknowledgement and they didn’t add it to their list of events so I think maybe they only register events organised by indigenous people? Or maybe it doesn’t count as an ‘event’?
      Whatever the reason, it’s fair enough, there are probably all kinds of protocols that are supposed to be followed…


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