This July 4-11, we celebrate our First Nations people, history and cultures with NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme, Heal Country! invites all Australians to work towards protecting the lands and waters upon which we live, to acknowledge and protect sacred sites and cultural heritage.
NAIDOC Week is an important time to listen to First Nations voices. We have recently been fortunate enough to speak to some fantastic Indigenous writers on the Better Reading: Stories Behind the Story Podcast. The following list includes some great conversations that you can listen to, to learn more.
Dr. Cindy Solonec talks to Cheryl about her rich cultural Nigena, Spanish and English heritage, and how she turned her PhD thesis about her family history into her memoir Debesa.
Dr. Robert Isaacs talks to Cheryl about his religious upbringing and discovering his indigenous heritage. His memoir, Two Cultures, One Story, is out now.
Walkley Award-winning journalist and international commentator Stan Grant talks to Cheryl about universal western liberalism, its virtues and the deep trouble with it, and how we are at a time of momentous upheaval and enormous geopolitical shifts. Stan’s latest book, With the Falling of the Dusk, is in stores now.
Aboriginal (pakana) writer Adam Thompson talks to Cheryl about the importance of maintaining Aboriginal heritage sites, muttonbirding, and his journey from storytelling to writing. His debut, Born Into This, is out now.
2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award-winner Tara June Winch talks to Cheryl about her extensive travels, living in France, her connection to the land as a Wiradjuri woman, and her journey to writing The Yield.