at The Wheeler Centre

Ambelin Kwaymullina on Love, Trauma and Aboriginal Women’s Stories

Ambelin Kwaymullina believes Aboriginal women are the inheritors of two sets of stories. The first set are stories of Country and family; of warmth and love and belonging, and of an enduring connection to living homelands. The second set of stories are the toxic tales of colonialism and the multi-generational trauma left in its wake.

Palyku writer, illustrator and law researcher Ambelin Kwaymullina has explored some of these themes in her latest novel, Catching Teller Crow (co-authored with Ezekiel Kwaymullina). In this presentation and discussion at the Wheeler Centre, she’ll reflect on the complexities of being an Aboriginal woman storyteller today – and of navigating both sets of stories in her life and work.

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Portrait of Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer, illustrator and law academic who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is the author/illustrator of numerous picture books, a YA dystopian series, The Tribe and a forthcoming YA novel (with Ezekiel Kwaymullina), Catching Teller Crow. Her books have received critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas and have been published in South Korea, China and the United States. Along with Rebecca Lim she is the co-founder of Voices from the Intersection, a volunteer initiative that seeks to create opportunities for diverse Australian writers and illustrators.


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