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2022 NAIDOC Week reading suggestions

This year, NAIDOC Week is being celebrated from 3—10 July. The 2022 theme is “Get up! Stand up! Show up!”, aiming to amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to “narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome”.

Scribe's Brunswick office is based on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin nation. We extend our respects to the traditional land owners and their elders past, persent, and emerging, not just this day but every day.

To help guide your reading this week — and every other day you are on unceded lands — here are two books from Aboriginal authors to read, absorb, and celebrate.

Black and Blue

WINNER OF THE 2022 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE 2022 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS WRITING
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DOUGLAS STEWART PRIZE FOR NONFICTION

The story of an Aboriginal woman who worked as a police officer and fought for justice both within and beyond the Australian police force.

A proud Gunai/Kurnai woman, Veronica Gorrie grew up dauntless, full of cheek and a fierce sense of justice. After watching her friends and family suffer under a deeply compromised law-enforcement system, Gorrie signed up for training to become one of a rare few Aboriginal police…

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Shadowboxing

Shadowboxing is a collection of ten linked stories in the life of a boy growing up in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in the 1960s. A beautifully rendered time capsule, it captures a period of decay, turmoil, and change through innocent, unblinking eyes.

Michael’s family, led by his long-suffering mother, live as though under siege, surviving his father’s drinking and rage as well as the forces of ‘urban renewal’. Their neighbourhood is a world of simple pleasures as well as random brutality; of family life and love as well as violence and tragedy. As Michael experiences all this with a…

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