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Nardi Simpson Nardi Simpson i(13834965 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Yuwaalaraay ; Aboriginal Gumilaroi
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A founding member of the musical group the Stiff Gins, Nardi Simpson was joint winner of the 2018 black&write! Fellowship for her manuscript The Song of the Crocodile, 'which explores three generations of a fictional Aboriginal family in a rural township.'

Source: State Library of Queensland ( (Sighted: 30/4/2018)


Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

joint recipient

For 'Song of the Crocodile'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Song of the Crocodile Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2020 19679450 2020 single work novel

'Darnmoor, The Gateway to Happiness. The sign taunts a fool into feeling some sense of achievement, some kind of end- that you have reached a destination in the very least. Yet the sign states clearly, Darnmoor is the gateway, and merely a measure, the mark, a point on a road you begin to move closer to a place you might really want to be.

'Darnmoor is the home of the Billymil family, three generations who have lived in this 'gateway town'. Race relations between Indigenous and settler families are fraught, though the rigid status quo is upheld through threats and soft power rather than the overt violence of yesteryear.

'As progress marches inexorably onward, Darnmoor and its surrounds undergo rapid social and environmental changes, but as some things change, some stay exactly the same. Our protagonist characters are watched (and sometimes visited) by ancestral spirits and spirits of the recently deceased, who look out for their descendants and attempt to help them on the right path.

'When the town's secrets start to be uncovered the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence.

'Full of music, Gamillaray language and exquisite description, Song of The Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if we can but listen to it.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2021 shortlisted Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
2021 winner Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2021 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year
2021 longlisted Colin Roderick Award
2021 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2021 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Adult Fiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2021 longlisted The Stella Prize
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2021 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2018 joint winner black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships
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