Set in a future Australia, 20 year old Christine lives in Safetown, a walled city kept safe from the collapsed society on the outside. But Christine soon starts to question the life she's living and whether Safetown is actually the safe haven she's been made to believe it is. Author, Claire G. Coleman has a way of taking science fiction, Indigenising it and turning it all on its head.
This is the first Torres Strait Islander cookbook from a commercial publisher in Australia. Torres Strait Islander chef and Melbourne restaurant owner Nornie Bero champions the tastes of native flavours in everyday cooking by unlocking the secrets of Australian herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits. Mabu Mabu in Meriam Mir means 'help yourself'. Her wattleseed damper kit was a lockdown favourite but you can learn how to make that and other great dishes in this beautifully presented book.
From tennis superstar Ash Barty, Jasmin McGaughey and Jade Goodwin offers young readers aged 5 and up this fun and exciting new illustrated series about school, sport, friendship and family. There are six books in this series and Barty's memoir is due in November 2022 so add it to your must read list!
17 year old Phoebe's life is turned upside down when she moves from the city to the country to live with her dad in this powerful and uplifting story about family breakdowns, facing truths and finding balance. If you like YA (young adult fiction), then you'll love this new story from Jared Thomas.
From the Indigenous comic and graphic novel imprint, Stick Mob Studios comes Storm Warning. Skai is visited by a friend whose life is unravelling, just as a massive storm takes hold. With natural and human-made disasters surrounding them, Skai, Aiden, and those they gather close, must rely on each other to survive the catastrophic chain of events unleashed by the storm. A great YA (young adult) graphic novel by two creators who were in their teens when this was published.
Many Aboriginal peoples regard the land as a reflection of the sky and the sky a reflection of the land. This fourth book in The First Knowledges series focuses on Aboriginal knowledge of the night skies and its connection to Country. Astrophysicists Karlie Noon and Krystal De Napoli explore the connections between cultural practices and the stars.
What Indigenous materials and knowledge are you using? How will your project affect and involve Indigenous communities? Are you sharing your profits with those communities? True Tracks is a groundbreaking work which paves the way for respectful and ethical engagement with Indigenous cultures. Dr Terri Janke draws on p experience and real life cases to inform and inspire people working across many industries – from art, architecture, film, publishing, dance, science and tourism.
Another offering from Stick Mob Studios which was founded by young people. Exo-Dimensions is a roller coaster ride into central Australian Indigenous creation stories, interwoven through family relationships and sheer adventure! The past catches up with the future in intimate moments of connection and mayhem.
This collection of short fiction explores the shifting spaces of desire, loss and longing. Inverting and queering the gothic and romantic traditions, each story represents a different take on the concept of a haunting or the haunted. Though it ranges across themes and locations – from small-town Australia to Hokkaido to rural England – Permafrost is a deeply atmospheric book of spooky stories.
Released just as the pandemic was breaking out, this book is a must read to understand how cultural burning works and how it can make country healthy again. Aboriginal land management expert, Victor Steffensen takes you on his journey to learn cultural burning practices from two old men who chose him to pass this information down to. This knowledge shows that Australia needs fire but not in the way that non-Indigenous people understand it or use it. A must for every book shelf.
While this book was released back in 2019, it will definitely become a classic. Aimed at the older YA (young adult) reader, it follows mirror twins Stacey and Laney who are complete opposites. Laney disappears one night and Stacey starts to dream of her twin. Stacey knows that her sister is still alive but will she get to her sister in time? A book which makes you think about the things that go bump in the night.
With kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind, this book will encourage younger readers' love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledges at the same time. Six main chapters cover astronomy, engineering, forensic science, chemistry, land management and ecology. The first scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky to the future scientists of today through stories, song and dance. Be sure to check out the Deadly Science series from Tutt as well.
Pattie Lees was just ten-years-old when she and her four siblings were separated from their mother. Believing she was being shipped and exiled to Africa, Pattie would spend the rest of her childhood on the island once dubbed ‘Australia’s Alcatraz’ – Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement, off the coast of Queensland. This is a writing collaboration between Patti and her son Adam. It follows Patti's unwavering hope of being reunited with her family again.
Raised by her Uncle and struggling to fit in at school, Pam is deemed 'weird' by her classmates. But they are yet to discover just how different Pam really is. Visited by a Phantom in her dreams, its influence bleeds into her waking hours, leaving her open to manipulation by a trio of popular students who promise to give her what she really wants in life. Another graphic novel from Stick Mob Studios which was founded by young Indigenous people.
While this is an anthology of speculative, visionary fiction from 21 emerging and established First Nations writers and Black writers, it's a reflection of visionary pasts, hopeful futures and the invisible ties between First Nations people and Black people. It's an anthology of the tales these writers wished had existed when they were growing up in Australia.