Here, in one handy list, are works of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors. All these works are currently available, so if you've been seeking diversity in your reading, now is the time to add these to the list.
One of the earliest and most significant works of high fantasy by an Indigenous Australian author, Land of the Golden Clouds is here presented as an end point, but should perhaps be considered as the starting point for an exploration of Indigneous-authored SFF.
Today is World Environment Day! To celebrate this year’s WED theme ‘Reconnecting people to nature’, we will be showcasing our ‘Children’s Literature and the Environment’ Exhibition currently in development by the project team at QUT.
As environmental issues are a major concern in this country, Australian children’s and young adult literature frequently explores issues such as environmental waste, global warming, species endangerment, ecocitizenship, and the effects of globalisation on the environment. Such texts offer insights into ecocatastrophe, climate change, anthropocentrism, sustainability, and other important issues, or they might simply celebrate the environment. Environmental narratives also provide creative and imaginative scenarios and solutions that can encourage young people to consider their own relationship with the environment.
Our project logo is the green leaf-tailed gecko, used with permission and drawn by writer and illustrator Narelle Oliver. Her picture books raise environmental awareness through detailed linocut illustrations of Australian flora, fauna and natural habitats. Her most recent book, published posthumously, is Rock Pool Secrets, which shows the simple pleasure of exploring rock pools, and the environment around us.
Take a look at ‘Children’s Literature and the Environment’ for other prolific environmental authors as well as collections around topics such as endangered species, climate change and global warming, environmental destruction, the Great Barrier Reef, bushfires, and protecting the environment. The exhibition also highlights ways to use environmental texts in the classroom.
Using the World Environment Day hashtag #WithNature, tell us your reading recommendations for Australian books that ‘reconnect people to nature’.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Blurb: We can't survive without Earth's atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouses gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth's climate.
Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the most important book of your life.
Blurb: Dingo's Tree is a tale of friendship and sharing, it tells of the struggle to survive in a land that is devastated by mining. It is a powerful children's cautionary tale on the destruction and havoc that mining causes to land and to community.
Blurb: Australia's leading prize for young poets showcased in a collection of fresh poems from our freshest minds. This year's best poetry radiates wit and wisdom, making this anthology a must for poetry lovers of all ages.
This volume contains poems of all subjects, but contains many about the environment, particularly environmental destruction, loss of wildlife, farming and drought; as well as poems honouring the beauty of places.
The AustLit Team has started collecting and republishing excellent essays published by The Conversation.
Explore the collection here. We're focusing on essays that will be useful for teaching. Enjoy!
Published by The Australasian Association of Writing Programs, the April editions of TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses and TEXT Special Issue Website Series are now indexed on AustLit. Or, if you prefer, you can visit the TEXT website directly.
The issues contain a diverse collection works on the topic of writing as well as some outstanding poetry and prose.
Rosie Scott was an award-winning writer and tireless campaigner for social justice and for literature and storytelling through her membership of PEN and the ASA. With Dr Anita Heiss, she edited the important work of perspectives on The Intervention : An Anthology in 2015.
Born in New Zealand, Rosie moved to Australia in 1985. She won recognition for her writing by being shortlisted on a number of awards and by winning an Australia Council Fellowship. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016.
It is with sadness that we learned of Rosie Scott's death last week and offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Deborah Jordan is currently preparing an expanded and revised edition of her Climate Change Narratives in Australian Fiction to be published by AustLit.
And while we're generating lists of solarpunk and ecopunk, post-apocalyptic narratives and dystopias, environmental destruction and cyclones, we're also putting out a call to you, readers of Australian fiction.
Do you read cli-fi? Ecopunk? Solarpunk? Dystopian fiction? Have you come across Australian films, television series, short stories, or poems that explore the ramifications of global warming and climate change? Is there a novel you've been desperate to talk to everyone about? Talk to us!
Send us your recommendations using the hashtag #AustLitCliFi, and help us create a comprehensive listing of fictional responses to this urgent topic.
Songs Back Home is a CD of songs compiled by Jessie Lloyd as a part of her Mission Songs Project. The Project is 'an initiative to research and present a collection of Indigenous songs that were composed and performed from 1900 to 1999. Focusing on songs from the Christian missions, Aboriginal reserves and the fringes of township where Indigenous people were relocated.'
Further information on the Mission Songs Project can be found online.