ANZLL Indigenous Literature Reading List

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ANZLL Indigenous Australian Reading List Indigenous Writing from New Zealand: Maori and Pacific Islands Indigenous Writing from around the World (Asia, Canada & the Americas, and Africa

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

Introduction: please read first:

As a non-indigenous Australian, I am mindful that I do not and cannot know or understand all aspects of indigenous Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori culture or experience, and I hope that nothing here gives offence or causes distress.  Within the limits of my opportunities for research, I have tried to create this page with good will and respect for the cultures included here.

Readers are warned that this page contains the names of deceased persons and may inadvertently use terminology that reflects attitudes or language used at the time of publication that are considered inappropriate today.

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal LiteraturePlease also note that for the purposes of identifying these authors as indigenous, the nation/language group of Aboriginal authors has been included (where known) but it is beyond the scope of this page to include non-indigenous ancestral heritage as well.   My sources for biographical information have been the AustLit database BlackWords; the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature edited by Anita Heiss, Peter Minter and Nicholas Jose; and author and publisher websites.  For Maori writers I have relied on the NZ Book Council website.

Please also note that although there are contributions to this list from other readers in a variety of genres, my own contributions to this reading list are by intention confined to literary fiction i.e. literary novels and a few memoirs that I’ve read and reviewed on this blog – because that’s what I like to read.  Indigenous people write in a wide variety of genres and there is a wealth of fabulous work available, but it is beyond the scope of this blog to cover them all and literary fiction for adults is the primary focus of this LitBlog.  However, there is also a brief list of children’s books (mostly those I reviewed at my LisaHillSchoolStuff blog), and there are links to reviews by other contributors of poetry, drama, art and music near the end of this page.  For Aboriginal books in the list that I have not yet read myself, I have relied on a title’s classification at the AustLit database BlackWords, supplemented by my reading of extracts in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature.  For the Maori list, I have relied on recommendations from others and my own limited knowledge.

For those interested in indigenous short stories, memoir, biography, history, poetry, drama, popular fiction including crime, YA (Young Adult) or children’s books, please visit

Also see reviews from participants in ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Literature Weeks, and gathered together in one place:

Many of the authors I’ve listed below have written more books than have been listed here, and to discover more, I also suggest a visit to GoodReads as a reliable user-friendly database (with reader reviews).

NB Some of these books are out of print.  Where I haven’t been able to find a supplier, I’ve linked to Fishpond where used copies sometimes crop up for sale, and which (even if the book is out-of-stock) provides the publishing information and ISBN to help with further hunting.  In Victoria, I also recommend using Z-portal to book an inter-library loan.  (Other states probably have something similar and if anyone can supply me with links for interstate portals I’ll add them.)  A Google search brings up copies available from AbeBooks and you can also search Brotherhood Books.

To keep up with new titles, UQP is a strong supporter of indigenous writers in Australia and their Black Australian Writing catalogue is well worth a look.   Another publisher worth checking out is Magabala Books Australia’s oldest indigenous publishing house.   Mademoiselle S from Twitter recommends Huia Publishers for Maori titles and I welcome more independent suggestions for New Zealand equivalents.

I welcome suggestions for additional authors and literary fiction titles.  Please provide as much information as you can in comments if you’d like to add to this list.

Last updated 9/7/19

Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Literary Fiction, YA, Memoir and Non-fiction

Larissa Behrendt of the Eualeyai/Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people whose lands extended from New South Wales to southern Queensland.

Ngarta Jinny Bent, with Jukuna Mona Chuguna of the the Walmajarri people of the Great Sandy Desert, south of the Kimberley in Western Australia

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

Hazel Brown, of the Noongar people of the southern coast of Western Australia

John Muk Muk Burke of the Wiradjuri people of New South Wales

  • Bridge of Triangles Winner of the David Unaipon Award, 1993

Burnum Burnum, a Woiworrung and Yorta Yorta man at Wallaga Lake in southern New South Wales.

  •  Burnum Burnum’s Aboriginal Australia, A Traveller’s Guide (1988)
    • See my review (part of my review of Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country)

Jukuna Mona Chuguna with Ngarta Jinny Bent of the the Walmajarri people of the Great Sandy Desert, south of the Kimberley in Western Australia

Vivienne Cleven of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people whose lands extended from New South Wales to southern Queensland.

  • Bitin’ Back, Shortlisted for the SA Premier’s Award, 2002, Winner of the David Unaipon Award, 2000
  • Her Sister’s Eye, Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Prize for Indigenous Writing, 2004

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

Dylan Coleman, member of the Kokatha Mula Nation in the north of South Australia

 Paul Collis, a Barkindji man, from far western NSW on the Darling River.

Jack Davis, poet and dramatist of the Noongar people on the south coast of Western Australia, see

Editors Pat Dudgeon from the Bardi people of the Kimberley area in Western Australia, Jeannie Herbert, an Indigenous woman also born and raised in the Kimberley area and Darlene Oxenham, a Malgana woman from Shark Bay on the coast of Western Australia

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

Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis, of the Ngaatjatjarra, one of the language groups making up the Western Desert people of Central 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

Stan Grant, a “self-identified Indigenous Australian who counts himself among the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi, Dharrawal and Irish.”

Liz Hayden, an indigenous woman from Western Australia

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

Rachel Hennessy, of Aboriginal descent

Rita Huggins, an elder and Jackie Huggins, of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples,

Terri Janke who is a Murri from Cairns and of Torres Strait descent with Meriam, Wuthathi & Yadaighana connections.

  • Butterfly Song (I enjoyed this when I read it before starting this blog)

Colin Johnson, see Mudrooroo

Stephen Kinnane, a Miriuwung Marda-Marda man from the East Kimberley of Western Australia

Ruby Langford Ginibi, a Bundjalung woman from the North Coast of NSW

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

Marcia Langton, a descendant of the Yiman and Bidjara nations in Queensland

Kenny Laughton of the Arrernte people from the Central Australian lands centred on the township of Alice Springs (Mparntwe), extending to the east as far as Wallace Rock Hole, to the west to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and as far as the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.

  • Not Quite Men, No Longer Boys (This is ‘faction’ based on Laughton’s military experiences in Vietnam)

Jeanine Leane, a Wiradjuri woman of New South Wales.

Yami Lester, a Yankunytjatjara man from northern South 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

Keelan Mailman, of the Bidjara people of Queensland, between Tambo and Augathella, Warrego and Langlo rivers.

Rosie Malezer, a Gubbi-Gubbi woman from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland

John Maynard, from the Worimi People of Port Stephens near Newcastle, co-author with Victoria Haskins

Philip McLaren, of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people whose lands extended from New South Wales to southern Queensland.

Sue McPherson, of Wiradjuri (New South Wales) descent

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

Mudrooroo a.k.a. Colin Johnson of the Narrogin people in Western Australia

Marie Munkara, descended from the Tiwi, Chinese & Rembarranga people whose lands are southeast of Katherine in the Northern territory.

Margo Neale, an Indigenous woman from Queensland, of Indigenous and Irish descent

Bill Neidje, an Elder of the Kakadu in the Northern Territory and the last remaining speaker of the Gaagudju language

Oodgeroo Noonuccal a.k.a. Kath Walker of the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island, Queensland

NT Writers Centre

  • This Country Anytime Anywhere, IADPress,  featuring works by emerging writers as well as many winners of Northern Territory literary awards, including Marie Munkara, winner of the 2008 David Unaipon Award for Every Secret Thing (also judged the 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year Award).

Siv Palmer from the Yuwallaraay Aboriginal Nation in far west New South Wales.

Bruce Pascoe of the Bunurong people in Victoria

Noel Pearson of Bagaarrmugu and Guggu Yalanji descent, and Shireen Morris

Doris Pilkington Garimara, of the Martu people in the Western Desert within the Pilbara region

Boori Monty Prior, descended from the Kunggandji people of Queensland and the Birri-Gubba people of the Whitsunday Islands.

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

Kerry Reed-Gilbert, a Wiradjuri woman

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.

Wenten Rubuntja , an Arrernte man from Central Australia

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

Jared Thomas of the Nukunu/Nuguna people of South Australia in the Spencer Gulf region.

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, also see the poetry section below

Sam Watson of the Birri-Gubba Juru/Munaldjali people of southeast Queensland

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

Herb Wharton born in Yumba, an Aboriginal camp in the south-western Queensland town of Cunnamulla

  • Unbranded (Black Australian Writers)

Lesley Williams a Murri Elder, and Tammy Williams, a Murri woman. Murri lands extend across New South Wales and Queensland.

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

Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung, descended from the Mbaiwum/Trotj and Alngith/Liningithi Wikway Nations of Western Cape York

Waipuldanya, a.k.a. Phillip Roberts, of the Alawa people from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, as told to Douglas Lockwood

Alexis Wright of the Waanyi people in the Gulf region of Queensland.

Indigenous 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.

  • The Drover’s Wife (2016, play)

Indigenous Poetry

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

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

  • Looking for Bullin Bullin

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

Indigenous Art

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

Indigenous Music

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

Thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions for this list.

Children’s Books

(All these reviews are on my professional blog, LisaHillSchoolStuff.

Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, a Senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance in Victoria, and Lisa Kennedy, a Trawlwoolway story teller and artist and a descendant of Woretemoeteyenner from North East Tasmania

Brona from Brona’s books has reviewed a wonderful collection of children’s books in her post Indigenous Picture Books for Children. They include

  • Baby Business (2019) by Jasmine Seymour, a member of the Durag Custodian Aboriginal Corporation;
  • Sorry Day (2018) by Coral Vass and illustrated by Dub Leffler, from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of SW Queensland;
  • Little Bird’s Day (2019) by Sally Morgan from the Bailgu people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, and Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr, a Yolgu man from the Ganalbingu clan;
  • Welcome to Country (2019) by Aunty Joy Murphy and illustrated by Lisa Kennedy. Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO is an Elder of the Wurundjeri People of Melbourne and environs, and Lisa Kennedy is a descendant of the Trawlwoolway People on the north-east coast of Tasmania;
  • Wilam: A Birrarung Story (2019) is another story by Aunty Joy Murphy with Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy. Andrew Kelly is a Yarra Riverkeeper;
  • My Culture and Me (2019) by Gregg Dreise, a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi tribes, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales;
  • Black Cockatoo (2018) by Carl Merrison, a Jaru man from Halls Creek and his partner Hakea Hustler.

Brona also included in her collection The Land of the Echidna People, the eighth book in Percy Trezise’s Journey to the Great Lakes series. Neither Tresize nor the illustrator Mary Lewis are indigenous, but he worked throughout his life in artistic collaboration with Dick Roughsey, from the Lardil language group on Mornington Island in the south-eastern Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland and there can be little doubt that these books belong in any collection of Indigenous picture books for children.

Further reading

Sue from Whispering Gums has dedicated her weekly Monday Musings to NAIDOC Week since 2013

Essential readings in history include

Tasmanian Aborigines, a History since 1803 by Lyndall Ryan,

‘Me Write Myself’, the Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Dieman’s Land at Wybalenna 1832-47, by Leonie Stevens.  This book is ground-breaking because it tells the story of these Aborigines using their own words from original sources.

It’s Still in My Heart, This is My Country, by the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, John Host with Chris Owen

Every Mother’s Son is Guilty: Policing the Kimberley Frontier of Western Australia 1882 – 1905 by Chris Owen

On the subject of Indigenous youth suicide, which includes the situation in Australia, see All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga, a member of Fort William First Nation in Canada

Via Mx Keira @khuolohan, these are recommendations for those interested in further explorations at an academic level.

  • Sovereign Subjects, Indigenous Sovereignty Matters by Aileen Moreton-Robinson of the Goenpul tribe, part of the Quandamooka nation on Stradbroke Island in Queensland
  • Decolonising Methodologies, Research and Indigenous Peoples, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori
  • Indigenous Writes, a Guide to First Nations by Chelsea Vowel, a Métis writer and lawyer from near Lac Ste


  1. Here’s a link from Lani Wendt-Young’s blog on how to buy her book!/p/books-fiction.html


    • Hi Sandra, as you can see I’ve been busy adding your suggestions to this list, and (behind the scenes) I’ve also drafted a new post inviting people to join in. I still have to tidy that up a bit before I schedule it for publication. Your help has been invaluable, and what a temptation your suggestions have been, if I weren’t recovering from the purchase of solar panels for my roof, I’d be lashing out and buying the lot!


  2. Albert Wendt’s best-known books (still) are

    Sons for the Return Home, available from Amazon and Google books, published in 1973 (I saw the movie when I was at secondary school, screened as a social studies lesson on racism)

    LH: link to Amazon deleted here because of a huge image!

    Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree (short stories and a novella), published in 1974, from the same sources as above.

    The Adventures of Vela, written in epic poem form, won the Best Novel Award for the South East Asia and Pacific region in the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2010.

    BTW, all these Samoan writers I’ve suggested are “western” Samoans who either live in Samoa or NZ. I don’t know about the literary scene in American Samoa.

    Happy to have helped.


  3. Oops, sorry about the big cover image. Feel free to delete.


    • Thanks, Sandra, I have deleted it, mainly because I try to keep all images here small and easy to load. Having spent my summer holiday in the Hunter Valley I know how frustrating slow bush internet connections are!


  4. Hi Lisa – I’ll read Jake’s Long Shadow. I read the first two in the trilogy years ago and found them very powerful. I’ll read the third!!

    So I don’t sign up to Mr Linky as I don’t have a blog or anything??



  5. […] Show your support by signing up on the ANZ LitLovers page and start reading.  Lisa Hill has made a list of literature written by indigenous authors that you can choose from. For those who prefer non-fiction, I have compiled a list of histories and […]


  6. […] writing Fantasy, SciFi or Speculative Fiction.) Alternatively, please join Lisa Hill and others at ANZ LitLovers blog for Indigenous Literature Week, even if it’s only to read and comment on their […]


  7. […] to generate a reading list to inspire you.  For reasons of space and time and personal preference  my reading list is limited to literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and New Zealand au… but participants are free to choose any form you like – short story, memoir, biography, […]


  8. […] 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. […]


  9. […] I had an email from Magabala Books during the week to let me know about a couple of titles to include in the Indigenous Authors Reading List. […]


  10. […] a reading list for contributors wanting to read adult books at ANZ LitLovers and Emma from My Book Corner has kindly shared her list of indigenous literature resources for […]


  11. Great list! Kelly Ana Morey’s “Bloom” should definitely figure here though, as well as Anita Heiss’s “I’m Not Racist But…”. Also Lisa Cherrington’s “The People-Faces” (NZ) and Sally Morgan’s “My Place” (OZ) deserve a read.


    • Thank you, Ju:) I will add them to the list.


  12. […] 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. […]


  13. […] 2012 and 2013 the reading list is growing. For reasons of space and time and personal preference my ANZ LitLovers reading list is limited to literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and Ne… but participants are free to choose any form you like – short story, memoir, biography, […]


  14. […] will also try to update the resources page when new books come to my attention.  You might like to bookmark this page because you can also […]


  15. […] May 4th: I’ve constructed a page listing suggested literary fiction titles by indigenous Australian and New Zealand authors.  The permanent link is on the ANZLL Books You Must Read page in the top menu, and you can also […]


  16. […] 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; […]


  17. […] When you’ve finished the book, come back and comment on the Reviews from Indigenous Literature page and then I’ll add it to the  reading list. […]


  18. […] You can find reading ideas on book lists here and here and here. […]


  19. Great resource. Here’s a complete list of my books with links to where readers can purchase them in either ebook or paperback format.
    1. Telesa
    2. When Water Burns
    3. The Bone Bearer
    4. I am Daniel Tahi
    5. Scarlet Lies
    6. Scarlet Secrets
    7. Afakasi Woman (A Collection of Short Fiction)
    8. Pacific Tsunami – Galu Afi.

    [LH} Lani’s About page on her blog has links to booksellers for all these books:


    • Thanks for getting in touch, Lani. I’ve added these books to the list above with a link to the booksellers on your blog (because, sorry, I don’t like to advertise Amazon on my blog!)


  20. […] out the indigenous literary foundation site and the article by our wonderful local book reviewer Lisa Hill of ANZLit Blog fame, a personal friend, and a Mordialloc writer of […]


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  23. Please add Samoan author Sia Figiel’s latest novel “Freelove” published in 2016 to the list! She rocks! Also, Maori author Tina Makereti’s “Where The Rekohu Bone Sings” (2014) needs to be on that list, me thinks.


    • Thanks, BronteSista, I’ve added them both.


  24. […] authors and authors from diverse backgrounds. Each year I participate in Lisa Hill’s ‘Indigenous Literature Week’ which she hosts during NAIDOC Week. But reading indigenous authors should not be a once a year […]


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  28. […] past (personal favourites  Jack Davis and Oodgeroo Noonuccal ) and also the present. Check out Lisa Hill’s Indigenous Literature list for diverse voices and different lived experiences. James Baldwin said: Not everything that is […]


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  30. […] see also: Sue at Whispering Gum’s review of Carpentaria (here) my review of Alexis Wright, The Swan Book (here) Lisa at ANZLL’s Indigenous Reading list (here) […]


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  35. Black Cockatoo- Magabala Books- Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison 2018

    A authentic story of a young girl growing up in the Kimberley- struggling to find her place and her spirit.


    • Thank you for contributing this: I hunted it out at Magabala books and it says it’s a children’s or YA book, so I’ll put it in both:)


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  37. […] by others. Meanwhile, if you’re interested but can’t join a group, there’s always Lisa (ANZLitLovers)’s Indigenous Reading Week. From little things, big things grow – […]


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  40. Joy Harjo, Native American (Creek Nation /Mysooke) is now the US Poet Laureate.

    Fall Song

    It is a dark fall day.
    The earth is slightly damp with rain.
    I hear a jay.
    The cry is blue.
    I have found you in the story again.
    Is there another word for ‘‘divine’’?
    I need a song that will keep sky open in my mind.
    If I think behind me, I might break.
    If I think forward, I lose now.
    Forever will be a day like this
    Strung perfectly on the necklace of days.
    Slightly overcast
    Yellow leaves
    Your jacket hanging in the hallway
    Next to mine.


    • ‘Necklace of days’, that’s gorgeous:)


  41. From the Washington Post – The talented Joy Harjo has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate, succeeding Tracy K. Smith. Harjo is the first Native American writer to occupy the role. As Ron noted in his story about the announcement, Harjo’s appointment adds to a resurgence of appreciation for Native American writers: Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2015 and Tommy Orange’s 2018 novel, “There There,” about Native Americans heading to a pow-wow in Oakland, went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist. “We’ve always been here,” Harjo told Ron late last week. “I guess it’s a renaissance of publishing.”


    • That’s fantastic, Becky. A renaissance indeed!


  42. Pasifika Poetry:

    Selina Tusitala Marsh: Of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent. An honest and inspiring speaker, human-being and poet! 3 collections: Fast-talking PI (2009); Dark Sparring (2013); Tightrope (2017).

    Tusiata Avia: Of Samoan descent. Wild Dogs Under my Skirt (2004) is a poetry collection that has also become a play! Tusiata Avia also writes for children.


  43. Maui: Sun Catcher (graphic novel) by Tim Tipene, illustrated by Zak Waipara, translated by Rob Ruha (Oratia Books, 2016)

    Ko Mauao te Maunga: Legend of Mauao by (Pakeha) author Debbie McCauley, illustrator Debbie Tipuna, and translator Tamati Waaka (Mauao Publishing, 2018),


    • Hello Sandra, thanks for contributing this, most appreciated. I will add them to the list, but would be grateful if you could also supply their Iwi as I try to include that wherever possible.


      • Hello Lisa,

        Sorry for the delay in replying.

        *Tim Tipene* (Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua) was adopted into the Waitai-Tipene whanau as a toddler. He was raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European. Tim’s immediate family were abusive and violent. His biological father was a convicted predator and violent offender who spent much of life behind bars. It was only with the extended whanau that Tim felt loved. Read more at

        * Zak Waipara * (Rongowhakaata, Ngati Porou, Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu). See his work at

        *Rob Ruha* (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngati Porou).

        *Debbie Tipuna* is, like* Debbie McCauley*, Ngati Pakeha.

        *Tamati Waaka *(Ngāti Pukeko, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Tuhoe).

        Cheers Sandra

        On Sat, 22 Jun 2019 at 18:48, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog wrote:

        > Lisa Hill commented: “Hello Sandra, thanks for contributing this, most > appreciated. I will add them to the list, but would be grateful if you > could also supply their Iwi as I try to include that wherever possible. ” >


      • Don’t know if this info will be of any interest to you, I met Barrina in Japan earlier this year!

        On Sat, 22 Jun 2019 at 18:48, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog wrote:

        > Lisa Hill commented: “Hello Sandra, thanks for contributing this, most > appreciated. I will add them to the list, but would be grateful if you > could also supply their Iwi as I try to include that wherever possible. ” >


        • Thank you so much Sandra, it’s a tricky business trying to get this right!


  44. Wow! I’m happy to have been redirected here and I’m bookmarking this page. This would be great as a mini publication at the end of the next decade, it reminds me of Daughters of Africa, a wonderful gathering of African women writers that is now going into a new edition.

    You may like to add Leslie Marmon Silko to your Native American section (she identifies as Laguna Pueblo).

    I’ve read and reviewed 2 of her novels Ceremony and Gardens in the Dunes, her memoir The Turquoise Ledge and The Delicacy and Strength of Lace, a collection of letters between her and the Pulitzer prize winning poet James Wright.


    • Thanks, Claire, I’ll add these two, but I’m actually thinking of restructuring this page because thanks to the generosity of readers around the world, it’s getting a bit long and unwieldy.
      You might be interested to know that this page is used by some libraries, schools and universities as a resource page for their students, so that makes it a worthwhile project and gives the reviews that are here considerable longevity.

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  45. […] For further reading of Indigenous authors see – my Aboriginal Australia page (here) – there’s a list of all my reviews at the bottom. Lisa’a ANZLL Indigenous Literature Reading List (here) […]


  46. […] work of current indigenous authors and plenty of other interesting information: Lisa Hill’s ANZ LitLovers LitBlog and Bill Holloway’s the Australian […]


  47. […] back to ‘normal’ reading for a while, well until a challenge catches my eye or ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Writing Week sneaks up on us […]


  48. […] Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist, Roach, is one I should read in July for Lisa (ANZLitLovers) 2020 Indigenous Reading Week. Roach’s significance in the Australian music scene can be exemplified by the fact that one […]


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  50. […] Lisa Hill’s Indigenous Literature reading list, which she compiles and adds to each year, is a fabulous resource for readers and writers. […]


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  53. […] see also: Anita Heiss, Dhuuluu Yala: To Talk Straight (here) ANZLitLovers Indigenous Lit. Read List (here) […]


  54. […] Nine posts for Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week […]


  55. […] area of Australian literature that is dear to his and my hearts (and to Lisa’s who runs her Indigenous Literature Week each year.) And phew, I’m glad I’ve since read those two novels that were on my TBR […]


  56. […] Ryan (15,406 views since 2012) and Voss, by Patrick White with 11,124 views since 2009. and the ANZLL Indigenous Literature Reading List with 8,504 views since […]


  57. […] Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Reading Week in early […]


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