Spotlight on Australian Writers

Welcome to the world of wonderful Australian writers!  Each week a contemporary Aussie writer will be profiled on this page.  While some will be well known and honoured, others may be hidden gems. If you are, or know of, an aspiring Aussie writer, please contact me.

Faith Baisden – February 18 2018

International Mother Language Day – February 21

Faith has been involved with language projects for over 20 years in her own Yugambeh community. She is co-ordinator of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and the Eastern States Indigenous Languages Working Group, and is a member of the Brisbane Writers’ Festival Management Committee. Faith is also a director of First Languages Australia and is the Founding Director of Binabar Books, writing, illustrating and publishing books that can be adapted to include vocabulary from any Indigenous language. Other books in the Binabar range so far include Lenny and the Big Red Bag and Caring for Kiara. An added feature of these books is the inclusion of sound, picked up through an Audio Reader, to assist with pronunciation, but use of the sound feature is not essential.

No Kuruhman on the Bus
Binabar Books, 2012; ISBN 9780980535976
2-6 years

This book combines a cranky bus driver with silly animal antics to teach little ones the traditional language names for some of the animals familiar to their area. Actions are incorporated into the story which has a strong performance focus and has been set to music. Currently available in:
Paakantji (Darling River region, NSW, including Wilcannia, Menindi and Broken Hill) – No Tharlta on the Bus and Yugambeh (Gold Coast/Beenleigh region) – No Kuruhman on the Bus

My Matara Love to Clap
Binabar Books, 2008; ISBN 9780980535969
2-6 years

This book helps young readers learn new language words for the parts of their body, in a rhyme that encourages movement and repetition. Currently available in:
Paakantji (Darling River region, NSW, including Wilcannia, Menindi and Broken Hill) – My Mara Love to Clap, Awabakal (Newcastle region, NSW) – My Matara Love to Clap and Yugambeh (Gold Coast/Beenleigh region) – My Danggan Love to Clap


Spotlight on Australian writers – Archives:


Donna Abela Robert Adamson Timoshenko Aslanides Peter Bakowski Connie Barber
Ross Barrett Di Bates Vanessa Bates Larissa Behrendt Michael Beresford
Tony Birch Aaron Blabey Barbara Blackman Lorna Bol James Bradley
Janeen Brian Anne Brooksbank Honey Brown Christopher Bryant Sue Bursztynski
David Burton Ken Canning Stephen Carleton Mark Carthew Bonny Cassidy
Ali Cobby Eckermann Robbie Coburn Patricia Cornelius Caroline de Costa Penelope (P S) Cottier
Reg Cribb Andrew Croome Sophie Cunningham Jessica Davidson Sonja Dechian
Barry Dickins John Donnelly Will Elliott Wesley Enoch Daniel Evans
Tim Ferguson Ann-Marie Finn Justin Fleming Lionel Fogarty Mem Fox
Richard Frankland Jackie French Geoff Goodfellow Kate Grenville Kathryn Hamann
Jane Harrison Jennifer Harrison Steve Hawke Elise Hearst Ruth Hegarty
Anita Heiss Mark Henshaw Kathy Hoopmann Alan Hopgood Michael Hyde
Adrian Hyland Andy Jackson Julie Janson Sandy Jeffs Rita Kalnejais
Doris Kartinyeri Daniel Keene Thomas Keneally Gayle Kennedy Andy Kissane
Peter Kocan Ezekiel Kwaymullina Verity Laughton Ash Lieb Julia Leigh
Kathryn Lomer Nakkiah Lui Lorraine McGuigan Brenton E McKenna Mal McKimmie
Philip McLaren Jennifer Maiden Karin Mainwaring John Marsden Stephen Measday
David Milroy Robert Moore Liane Moriarty Kate Mulvany Les Murray
Omar Musa Alex Nicol Louis Nowra May O’Brien Louise Park
Bruce Pascoe Hannie Rayson Melissa Reeves Kate Richards Sue Rider
Michael Robotham Robyn Rowland Matthew Ryan Shirley van Sanden Brenda Saunders
Irini Savvides Kim Scott Bruce Shearer Craig Silvey Sue Smith
Bruno Starrs Alf Taylor Katherine Thomson Tim Thorne Pat (Mamanyjun) Torres
Alana Valentine Ken Vincent Samuel Wagan Watson Richard and Alton Walley John Wenitong
Herb Wharton Jessica White Marita Wilcox Donna Williams Dallas Winmar
Michelle Worthington Tom Wright