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Veronica Heritage-Gorrie


Veronica Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman who lives and writes in Victoria. Black and Blue, a memoir of her childhood and the decade she spent in the police force, is her first book. Veronica is still aected by the racism and traumatic events she experienced during her ten years in the police. A lifetime of overcoming adversity has given her strength and a passion for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and for abolishing legislations that wrongfully incarcerate her people.

Veronica is also an avid campaigner against family violence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody. With a great gift for storytelling and a wicked sense of humour, Gorrie frankly and movingly explores the impact of racism on her family and her life, the impact of intergenerational trauma resulting from cultural dispossession, and the inevitable difficulties of making her way as an Aboriginal woman in the white and-male-dominated workplace of the police force. 

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