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Kimberley Stories

Edited by Sandy Toussaint and written by Kate Auty, Richard Davis, Pat Lowe, Jacqueline Wright, and Steve Hawke


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There are a thousand ways to connect to country. Kimberley Stories is one of them. Once known, never forgotten, the Kimberley gets under your skin. Kimberley Stories tunes readers into one of Australia’s most intriguing and exotic regions via the work of talented authors and artists.

Interweaving fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, lyrics and artworks, the book is a must-have for anyone travelling north in mind, body or spirit.

Contributors include Kate Auty, Jimmy Chi (Bran Nue Dae_), Lesley Corbett, Steve Hawke (_Jandamarra), Pat Lowe, Kim Mahood, Donna Bing-Ying Mak, Marminjiya Joy Nuggett and Stephen Scourfield along with newcomers Jacqueline Wright (T.A.G. Hungerford Award winner for Red Dirt Talking) and 13-year-old Luisa Mitchell who lives and writes in Broome.

‘For anyone in love with the Kimberley, this … is a celebration of its art, culture and its lasting impression on those who visit.’ Australian Traveller Magazine

‘The Kimberley is a scarily beautiful place with an
exotic blend of indigenous and non-indigenous personalities, and Toussaint does well to capture this diversity with a range of contributors that reflect fascinating links between where and how we live, and who we become as a result.’ Canberra Times

‘For readers who love the Kimberley, this book will feed your yearning to return.’ Farm Weekly

‘The Kimberley is without doubt one of the most incredible natural wonders that WA has to offer, and here anthropologist Sandy Toussaint has gathered diverse views and opinions of the unique region.’ Scoop Magazine

ISBN 9781921888823 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Short Stories & Anthologies
Sport, Travel & Entertainment
Indigenous Writing
Current Affairs, Culture & Social History
Pages 212
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Kate Auty

    Born in Brisbane, Kate Auty is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (Arts (Hons)/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science) and La Trobe University (PhD in Law and Legal Studies). She has worked as a lawyer for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, as lecturer and project coordinator in the Graduate Certificate in Environment and Heritage Interpretation at the Institute of Koori Education, Deakin University; as a barrister (Victoria); and as a magistrate (Victoria and Western Australia). Read more

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    Richard Davis

    Richard Davis was born and educated in Melbourne. His other works include Anna Bishop: The Adventures of an Intrepid Prima Donna and The Ghost Guide to Australia. Read more

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    Steve Hawke

    Steve Hawke grew up in Melbourne, then lived in the Kimberley for many years, before settling in the Perth hills. His first adult novel, The Valley, was published in 2018. Out of Time is his second novel. He has also written the stage play Jandamarra (2008 and 2011), the libretto for the dramatic cantata Jandamarra: Sing For The Country (2014 and 2019) and the children’s novel Barefoot Kids (2007). His non-fiction writing includes Noonkanbah: Whose Land, Whose Law (1989), the biography Polly Farmer (1994) and A Town Is Born: The Fitzroy Crossing Story (2013). Read more

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    Pat Lowe

    Pat Lowe was born in England and migrated to Australia in 1972. After a few years teaching in France and East Africa, Pat studied psychology and worked in prisons for over 30 years. Pat lived in the Great Sandy Desert for several years with her long term partner, Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike. She has written books for adults and children, most of them about desert life and natural history. Read more

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    Sandy Toussaint

    Sandy Toussaint is an anthropologist and author who has worked in and written about the Kimberley for almost thirty years. Her publications include Phyllis Kaberry and me: anthropology, history and Aboriginal Australia (Melbourne University Press), Crossing Boundaries: cultural, legal, practical and historical issues in native title (edited collection, Melbourne University Press), and The Cultural Politics of Juries, co-edited with Kate Auty. An adjunct professor in Anthropology at The University of Western Australia, Sandy has also published creative non-fiction, a story for young children, and poetry under a pseudonym. Read more

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    Jacqueline Wright

    Dr Jacqueline Wright worked for many years as a teacher and linguist in the Pilbara and Kimberley on Indigenous Australian Aboriginal language, interpreting and cultural programs. In 2000 she took on the regional literature position promoting and developing literary activities and improving opportunities for writers in the north-west of Western Australia. She has worked at Magabala Books and as a producer at ABC radio, Broome. She has a Creative Arts Doctorate from Curtin University. Read more