Graphic: Rec week
The theme of Reconciliation Week this year is 'more than a word, Reconiliation takes action'.
A great way to take action is to expand your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievement with this recommended reading list for National Reconciliation Week.
Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, edited by Anita Heiss
Explore diverse voices, experiences and accounts of what it’s like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, the anthology contains stories from well-known authors and high-profile identities as well as newly-discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, often challenging stereotypes, and alway demanding respect.
Tell Me Why is Archie Roach’s breathtaking memoir; encompassing a traumatic childhood, to salvation through music, love and reconnection with culture. A member of the Stolen Generations, Roach’s music had a profound impact because of the truth written into every line – and the book extends and builds on this truth. It’s not surprising that one of Australia’s greatest songwriters is one of our greatest storytellers, as well.
Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman
Sometime in the near future, Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? This fantastic read was shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2018 and has gathered many other accolades over the years.
Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko
Enter the world of wise-cracking Kerry Salter, who has spent a lifetime avoiding two things: her hometown and prison. But now her pop is dying so she heads south on a stolen motorbike only to discover that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. A dark and funny new novel from the multi-award-winning author of Mullumbimby.
The Yield by Tara June Winch
Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.
Loving Country A powerful and essential guidebook from Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou that offers a new way to travel and discover Australia through a First Nations narrative.