ANZLL First Nations Australian Reading List: Drama, Poetry, Art & Music

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Cultural warning: First Nations Australians please be aware that this page contains the names of deceased persons.

This page was created on the traditional land of the Ngaruk-Willam clan, one of the six clans of the Bunerong (Boonwurrung or Boon wurrung) saltwater people of the Kulin nation.

Update 9/7/21 Thanks to numerous contributions from all over the world, this page was becoming too unwieldy to manage so it has been split into sub-categories.  Please note that asterisked authors write across genres and their work will be found in more than one category.

Please read the Introduction on the main Reading List page first.

First Nations Drama

Jack Davis, poet and dramatist of the Noongar people, see

Andrea James a Yorta Yorta/Kurnai playwright, director and theatre maker

Nakkiah Lui, a Gamileroi and Torres Strait Islander woman

Leah Purcell, a Goa, Gunggari, Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland.

First Nations Poetry

Evelyn Araluen, a Goorie-Koori woman from Wurundjeri Country in New South Wales

Lisa Bellear (1961-2006), a Goernpil woman of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Queensland.

Ali Cobby Eckermann who identifies with the Yankunytjatjara / Kokatha people from the north west desert country of South Australia

Natalie Harkin, a Narungga woman from South Australia

  • Dirty Words

Jeanine Leane, a Wiradjuri woman of New South Wales.

Sally Morgan from the Palku (or Bailgu) people of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia

Brenda Saunders, artist and writer of Wiradjuri and British descent.

  • Looking for Bullin Bullin

Elfie Shiosaki, a Noongar and Yawuru writer from WA.

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

Alison Whittaker, a Gomeroi woman from Gunnedah and Tamworth, north-western New South Wales

First Nations Art

Book review: Meerreeng-an: Here is My Country, edited by Chris Keeler and Vicki Couzens

First Nations Music

  • Gurrumul: His Life and Music, by Robert Hillman (with poetry and song by Gurrumul, a Yolnu man), see my review

Further Reading

Thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions for this list.

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