Indigenous Australian Writing

Poetry, memoir or other life writing, novels and short stories, non-fiction, by indigenous Australians
*Please* do not add to this list unless you have checked that the author is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in origin.
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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Mar 31, 2015 03:49AM) (new)

Jessica Phillip Gwynne, like the narrator of Deadly, Unna?, is not Aboriginal.

It's a good story, but if the purpose of the list is to recognise those authors who may have been ignored because of their cultural background, one could argue that Phillip didn't have this difficulty in getting his book published.


message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Jessica wrote: "Phillip Gwynne, like the narrator of Deadly, Unna?, is not Aboriginal.

It's a good story, but if the purpose of the list is to recognise those authors who may have been ignored bec..."

Hello Jessica, I know that sometimes Aboriginality is questioned, both by indigenous people and by non-indigenous people. My sources for inclusion on this list can be seen at http://anzlitlovers.com/the-anzlitlov... - which is where my original list comes from. Other people have added to the original list, and they may not have checked as carefully as I did.
*shrug* It happens here at GoodReads, and it can be rather annoying when people add books that don't belong...


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica My source was Gwynne - met him in school and he didn't identify as Indigenous when he wrote either DU or NY. I hope people check their additions closely before adding - quite embarrassing otherwise.


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Looks like a few additions aren't recognising the list focuses on Aust. Indigenous writers either... c'mon people read the description! Shame because this is a very useful list otherwise.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Does anyone know how to remove a book from a Listopia list? I can't find anything at Help...


message 6: by l. (last edited Aug 22, 2016 09:20AM) (new)

l. Lisa wrote: "Does anyone know how to remove a book from a Listopia list? I can't find anything at Help..."

click edit under the description of the list
and then scroll down and click remove particular books

you might need librarian status


message 7: by l. (new)

l. all my additions were featured in the anthology of australian aboriginal literature btw


message 8: by Saturday's (new)

Saturday's Child Hi Lisa,

Apologies for mucking up your great list it was me who did not read carefully and added Phillip Gwynne :(

Other people have added to the original list, and they may not have checked as carefully as I did.
*shrug* It happens here at GoodReads, and it can be rather annoying when people add books that don't belong...


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I have deleted two titles that were written by anthropologists who were not indigenous (I checked first to be sure).
Although it's not strictly speaking by an indigenous author, I have not removed "I, the Aboriginal" by Douglas Lockwood because although he was not indigenous, the 1962 book, written in first person, is described as the autobiography of Waipuldanya, a full-blood Aboriginal man of the Alawa tribe at Roper River (Ngukurr) in the Northern Territory, as told to Douglas Lockwood.


message 10: by Erin (new)

Erin Because this is defined as a list of indigenous Australian authors:

Roberta B. Sykes is of African and European descent, not indigenous Australian.

Mudrooroo is a pen name and, according to what I’ve read, the author is not indigenous Australian.

I could not find any source that said that Jan Hawkins is indigenous Australian.

Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers appears to be a retelling of indigenous Australian stories by an author of solely European descent.


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