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First Nations Stories Then and Now

Ellen van Neerven

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Queensland Univ. Press
04 May 2021
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This was a great way to get across the styles of a lot of writers. The stories, all fiction, range in tone from heartwarming through to grief and each reader will find those voices that particularly resonate with them. For me these were Tara June Winch's warm story of an unusual friendship, Archie Weller's broken people, Melissa Lucashenko's story of another unusual friendship undergoing a tragic event (ripe for a screenplay), Cassie Lynch's imaginative and evocative invocation of deep time, and Jane Harrison's story of a still birth, told in blunt & stoic fashion that somewhat masks the emotional hurt of the mother telling the story. The entire collection is strong, making for enjoyable reading.  Craig Kirchner

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Curated and introduced by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock features luminous storytelling from leading Aboriginal writers, such as Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko and Tara June Winch, as well as some of the brightest new stars.

This wide-ranging and captivating anthology showcases both the power of First Nations writing and the satisfaction of a good short story. Curated by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock roams the landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling, bringing together voices from across the generations. Featuring established authors such as Tony Birch and Melissa Lucashenko, and rising stars such as Adam Thompson and Mykaela Saunders, Flock confirms the ongoing resonance and originality of First Nations stories.


By:   Ellen van Neerven
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   352g
ISBN:   9780702263033
ISBN 10:   0702263036
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   04 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali Yugambeh (South East Queensland) and Dutch heritage. They write fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction. Ellen's first book, Heat and Light, was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen has published two poetry collections- Comfort Food, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and highly commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize; and most recently Throat, which was the recipient of the UQP Quentin Bryce Award.

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