Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 4, 2020

Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ Litlovers 2020

 Indigenous Literature Week 2020 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 2020, click here.


Thanks to everyone who is participating in 2020 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).

(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.

2020 Reviews (in alphabetical order by author)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors

Firstly, check out this collection of children’s picture books by Brona at Brona’s books: perfect presents for the children in your life.

Tony Birch, born in Melbourne and an urban Koorie of Aboriginal, Irish and West Indian descent

Claire G Coleman, who identifies with the South Coast Noongar people of Western Australia

Gay’wu Group of Women (or ‘dilly bag women’s group’), consisting of Yolŋu women from north-east Arnhem Land in Australia’s far north, and non-Aboriginal women

Anita Heiss, member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales

Julie Janson, a Burruberongal woman of the Darug Aboriginal Nation

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

Melissa Lucashenko, of the Ygambeh/Bundjalung people of northern coastal New South Wales.

Harold Ludwick, a Bulgun Warra man from the Guugu Yimidhirr & Kuku Yalandji nations in far north Queensland, collaborating with Craig Cormick

Bruce Pascoe, of the Bunurong people in Victoria

Archie Roach, born in Mooroopna in 1955.  His family lived on the Framlingham Aboriginal Mission near Warrnambool. He is one of the Stolen Generations, taken as a child from his mother, Nellie, a Gunditjmara woman, and father, Archie, a Bundjalung man from New South Wales.

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

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

Ida West, a Tasmanian Aborigine, born on the Cape Barren Island Reserve

Tara June Winch, of the Wiradjuri people of New South Wales.

Maori Authors

Witi Ihimaera of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki descent

And from elsewhere…

From Stu at Winston’s Dad, comes his review of A Glass Eye by Miren Agur Meabe, of the Basque region in Spain, translated by Amaia Gabantxo.

Further reading



  1. […] the page for Reviews from Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ LitLovers 2020 so that you can use the comments box there […]


  2. All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga


  3. […] ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Literature Week […]


  4. […] was the start of Lisa’s (ANZLitLovers) 2020 Indigenous Literature Week, and, as I have done for a few years now, I’ve decided to devote my Monday Musings to an […]


  5. Hi Lisa. I’ve just uploaded the first of two reviews. The other hopefully by Friday.
    Jonathan Shaw, at Me fail? I Fly!,, review of Ellen van Neerven, Comfort Food


  6. […] writer. His debut novel Blood is my third 20 Books of Summer billet and my contribution to Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week. Lisa hosts this event to help readers discover Indigenous Literature, mostly from Australia and […]


  7. […] writer. His debut novel Blood is my third 20 Books of Summer billet and my contribution to Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week. Lisa hosts this event to help readers discover Indigenous Literature, mostly from Australia and […]


  8. Hi Lisa
    Here’s my annual Indigenous picture book post –

    I’m hoping to squeeze in a poetry post as well – fingers crossed.


    • Yay, thanks Brona, I love seeing what’s new in PSBs, it almost makes me want to be back in the school library. Er… almost…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ditto with me & a preschool classroom 😌

        Liked by 1 person

  9. I was hoping to review Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise for Indigenous Literacy Week 2020, but sadly I haven’t yet finished reading it. I can tell you it has a powerful beginning, with life on an Aboriginal mission told from many different perspectives in multiple voices. It is a difficult book to read – violent and affecting – and it rewards slow reading.


    • Hi Agnes, that’s one I haven’t read yet myself. But I’m not surprised to hear that it’s not easy, her novels aren’t easy either, though worth it.


  10. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks again for organising this! I have just posted on The Yield by Tara June Winch:



  11. […] Lisa’s (ANZLitLovers) annual Indigenous Literature Week is officially over for 2020, I thought I’d bookend it with a second Monday Musings, this one […]


  12. […] ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Literature Week […]


  13. Hi Lisa. Here’s my second review, only a week late!


  14. […] I hope so, because Lisa has had to wait a long time for a review from me for this year’s Indigenous Literature Week. Finally, though, I finished the main book I chose for this year’s challenge, Archie […]


  15. Finally, I did it. I had planned to read two, but the second one will have to wait, I’m afraid. Here is my review of Archie Roach’s memoir, Tell me why, read because my brother gave it to me for my birthday:


    • Nice brother! How does he know not to give you books you already have? Do you drop hints, or is it just brotherly intuition?
      It’s a beautiful review so you can thank him from me too x


      • He’s a great brother! Mostly he gives me Tasmanian authors. Even though some are known on the Mainland, like Heather Rose, I rarely already have them if they are very new releases. I try to give him unusual translated works or less promoted Aussie works. Mostly we manage to get it right, but his independent bookstore will usually exchange books if he has one already. I can’t remember the last time we duplicated. It has happened, but very rarely.


  16. […] Week, and did write two posts back in July, anyhow, to align with Lisa’s ANZLitLovers’ Indigenous Literature Week. But, I wanted to also honour this year’s actual week, so decided to let Baird be my […]


  17. […] also took part in Lisa’s (ANZLitLovers) Indigenous Literature and Thea Astley weeks, Bill’s (The Australian Legend) AWW Gen 3 Week, and, more casually, […]


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