Desert Writing


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“Desert Writing brings to readers stories of desert communities and the individuals who form them that are not often featured in literature or media. Train lines have been built, and airports made but the places aren’t any closer; these are remote places – far away from Australia’s heavily populated coastal cities, far from major centres; and far from the imagination of the mainstream population. This distance is what makes these places so interesting, their pasts and futures significant.”
ELLEN VAN NEERVEN, Sydney Review of Books, 2016.


Desert Writing
Stories from Country
Editor Terri-ann White

Edited by Terri-ann White In September 2013, just before the weather turned even more intense, a group of intrepid writers made their way to three Australian desert settings to work with groups and individuals wishing to write. Both Aboriginal people with a profound connection to country and residents of more recent arrival, who had made the choice to live in remote places, participated in workshops. You’ll read new voices and hear perspectives on living in extreme geographical and climactic regions in today’s Australia. In the variety presented here we welcome you into the vitality of remote communities, often isolated but full of commitment and hope for the future. Marie Munkara and Ktima Heathcote at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia Kim Mahood and Terri-ann White in Mulan in Western Australia