Reading Australia resources

I have written three units for Reading Australia with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives:

Ellen van Neerven, Heat and Light, for Year 10-12

Heat and Light

Ruby Ginibi Langford, Don’t take your love to town, for Year 12

https://readingaustralia.com.au/lesson/dont-take-your-love-to-town/

Les Murray, Collected Poems, for Year 11

https://readingaustralia.com.au/lesson/murray-collected-poems/

Reading Australia now has a partnership with Magabala Books and there will be units of work on Magabala titles coming soon.

An Aboriginal Literature “Canon”?

At the Hobart AATE/ALEA Literacy Conference in July 2017, I had an interesting chat with a teacher at a boys’ school who was looking for some canonical texts by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors which he could recommend to parents as significant literary works.

This is an area Anita Heiss has written much about and indeed is addressed in her edited collection  ‘Stories Without End’, co-edited with Penny van Toorn. See review here

My suggestions at the time, and some more I have thought of since, include:

Terri Janke – Butterfly Song

Tara June Winch – Swallow the Air and After the Carnage

Roberta Sykes – Snake Cradle, Snake Dancing and Snake Circle

Alexis Wright – Carpentaria, The Swan Book

Boori Monty Pryor – Maybe Tomorrow

Ali Cobby Eckermann – various poetry

Archie Weller – Day of the Dog and Going Home for more gritty novels for those disengaged boys!

Samuel Wagan Watson, Lionel Fogerty – poetry

Kim Scott – That Deadman Dance (Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, 2011)

Charles Perkins – A Bastard Like Me

Uncle Bill Neidjie – Old Man’s Story and Kakadu Man

ALSO check out the titles listed here.

There are also many awards specific to Indigenous literature, and the shortlists give you an idea of the cream of the crop:

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/2016-indigenous-writers-prize

http://www.qldliteraryawards.org.au/about/shortlists/david-unaipon-award-shortlist

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards/blackwrite/fellowships

https://www.wheelercentre.com/projects/victorian-premier-s-literary-awards-2014/victorian-premier-s-literary-award-for-indigenous-writing-2014

 

Please reply and add suggestions!