Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia showcases a wide variety of voices, experiences and stories to reveal how its contributors are treated in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation – on language, country and ways of life. The collection’s editor, Anita Heiss, speaks with contributors Natalie Cromb, Marlee Silva and Liza-Mare Syron about a book that enlightens, inspires and educates readers on the lives of Aboriginal people today.
Natalie Cromb (Australian)
Gamilaraay writer, Natalie Cromb, is also a legal professional, mother and advocate for social justice. She writes about the matters affecting the Indigenous community, is an advocate for Treaties and is a contributing writer to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia.
Marlee Silva (Australian)
Silva Marlee is a proud Kamilaroi and Dunghutti woman living in the southern suburbs of Sydney. She has just commenced my honours in creative writing at the University of Technology Sydney and is passionate about creating and celebrating Indigenous stories. Her first publication, a short story titled Cronulla to Papunya was selected for Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.
Liza-Mare Syron (Australian)
Liza-Mare Syron's family are Birripi people of the North Coast NSW. Liza-Mare is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Moogahlin Performing Arts in Sydney NSW. Liza-Mare is widely published and has received the following awards a 2005 Phillip Parsons Prize for Performance as Research, the 2010 Marlis Thiersch Prize for research excellence in an English-language article, and a Rob Jordon award citation for her chapter ‘Afterword: Contemporary Indigenous theatre and performance practice' in Australia: cultural integrity and historical significance.
Anita Heiss (Australian)
Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. She currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, managing the Epic Good Foundation and being a 'creative disruptor'.
Anita's latest book is Our Race To Reconciliation. She currently lives in Brisbane and in 2017 will run her first full marathon.