Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 1, 2018

Announcing 2018 Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ LitLovers

 ANZ LitLovers will again be hosting Indigenous Literature Week in July to coincide with NAIDOC Week here in Australia. (8 to 15 July).

This is a week when Australians celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and this year the NAIDOC Week theme is Because of her, we can, celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

ANZ LitLovers’ contribution to NAIDOC Week is to celebrate all forms of Indigenous Writing, and I hope that many of my readers will join in and read a book by an Indigenous author.

If you would like to participate,  your choice of indigenous literature isn’t restricted just to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori literature.   Participants are welcome to join in reading indigenous literature from anywhere in the world, from Canada to Guyana, from Native American to Basque to Pashtun or Ixcatec. (For a list of indigenous people of the world, see this list at Wikipedia.) As to how we define indigenous, that’s up to indigenous people themselves.  If they identify as indigenous, well, that’s good enough for me.

Thanks to contributions from a fantastic bunch of participants in previous years of ILW  the reading list is growingFor reasons of space and time and personal preference my reading list is mostly literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and New Zealand authors but participants are free to choose any form you like – short story, memoir, biography, whatever takes your fancy!  There’s lots to choose from: there are more than 75 books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and nearly 30 Maori authors reviewed on this blog alone.  The permanent link to my reading list (and to other useful reading lists) is on the ANZLL Indigenous Literature Reading List in the top menu.

Thanks to all those who joined in last year and have encouraged me to host the week again.


  • If you’d like to participate simply say so in comments below.  Tell us what you think you might read in the comments box to help spread awareness of what’s available. .  You never know, you might encourage someone else to try the book too! (You can always change your mind later if you want to).
  • Bookmark the page for Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ LitLovers 2018 (as soon as it’s posted) so that you can use the comments box there either
    • to provide the URL of your review on your blog, your Goodreads page or your Library Thing page, or
    • to share your thoughts as a comment and then I’ll add it to the reading list.
  • If you would like to write a guest review of your book for ANZLL I will happily host it here too.

From the TBR I will be reading some titles I’ve been hoarding for a while.  From Australia, I’ll be choosing from:

and from New Zealand

All of the above titles can be purchased using the links to fishpond, but publishers don’t generally make it easy to find (or find about) indigenous writing.  I find the most useful sources for indigenous titles are

  • UQP – use their Browse Books menu to find David Unaipon Award winners, titles from the Blak & Bright Festival, and Black Australian Writing;
  • Wakefield Press – choose browse by category from the top RHS side of the home page (under the search box).  Not all these titles are by indigenous authors so choose carefully;
  • and indigenous publishing houses Magabala Books and Jukurrpa/IAD Press

PS Please use the #IndigLitWeek & #NAIDOC hashtags on Twitter.


  1. I am going to re-read one of my favourites which is the memoir by Ida West – ‘Pride Against Prejudice’ published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Canberra in 1987.


    • That’s great, Carmel, I don’t know that one at all… would that have been one of the earliest memoirs that cam out of that explosion of indigenous writing in the 1980s?


  2. I’m in. I think I’d better rescue Don’t Take Your Love to Town from my TBR, but I should also read some more Marie Munkara.


    • Good choices. But you remind me, it’s been too long since we had a new book from Munkara! I love her sardonic wit:)


      • I googled and her last was a memoir in 2016. Checked also most recent from Magabala Press but there was only the Papertalk Green/Kinsella which I reviewed recently and one about an indigenous returned serviceman which I can’t now locate


        • Yes, I’ve read that one (Of Rivers that Run to the Sea, if I remember correctly). Unreasonable of me, I suppose, to expect a new book every couple of years, but she is such a good writer, and so clever at using humour to teach us our own history, A Most Peculiar Act was just brilliant, I thought…


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