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Dancers on the Sea

Stories from Atauro Island, Timor-Leste 1994-2002

Gabrielle Samson Azyu Pereira Saldanho

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Shawline Publishing Group
25 October 2023
THIS STORY TELLS OF A WOMAN'S LIFE AND WORK ON ATAURO ISLAND, LEARNING THE ISLAND'S HISTORY AND CULTURE, AND SHARES STORIES OF OTHERS WITH WHOM SHE LIVED IN A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE... During a period when East Timor was occupied by a harsh Indonesian military regime and a fierce resistance movement challenged it, Gabrielle - an Australian woman working at an Indonesian university - was asked by a Timorese village leader to help establish a kindergarten for the community.

Supported by the university, Gabrielle agreed to spend six months on the remote and poor island, to live amongst them as the only Westerner in its harsh and often cruel conditions.

It doesn't take long for Gabrielle to fall in love with the island, its people and an Indonesian co-worker, resulting in the following twelve years of her life being spent living on the island amongst an amazing community of people.

Dancers on the Sea is Gabrielle's experience through six of those years as the little country struggled for, and achieved, its independence.
Illustrated by:   Azyu Pereira Saldanho
Imprint:   Shawline Publishing Group
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781923101067
ISBN 10:   1923101064
Pages:   380
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gabrielle, an Australian, spent twelve years on East Timor's remote Atauro Island living and working with the island community. Dancers on the Sea is about the six years prior to Timor-Leste's independence in 2002. Gabrielle, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, lives on a nature refuge in southern Queensland and still regularly visits the island and people she loves. She writes - mainly short stories - to express and share her wonder and appreciation of people and their cultures. Gabrielle has won prizes for her stories, speaks four languages, has degrees in Anthropology and Education and has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Reviews for Dancers on the Sea: Stories from Atauro Island, Timor-Leste 1994-2002

"""A moving and insightful book of reality and compassion. Beautifully told and deeply shared..."" Lisa, Readalot Magazine reviewer"

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