Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch
An illustration depicting a Wiradjuri warrior, thought to be Windradyne (c1800 - 1829). Image in the Public Domain.
Swallow the Air byTara June Winch ISBN: 9780702235214
Publication Date: 2006
When May's mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn't seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.
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- Swallow the Air Teacher ResourceFrom Reading Australia.
- Bringing them Home Report (1997)Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. April 1997
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Tara June Winch: Writing process
- Clarrie Combo, Mrs Brown and Aboriginal soldiers in WW2 During the second world war, a young Aboriginal soldier, Private Clarrie Combo from New South Wales, exchanged mail with Mrs F. C. Brown from Loxton, South Australia — a white woman whom he had never met. By Kristyn Harman, April, 2018
- Friday essay: the ‘great Australian silence’ 50 years on "It’s 50 years since the anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner gave the 1968 Boyer Lectures — a watershed moment for Australian history. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its very collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting, which couldn’t “be explained by absent-mindedness” by Anna Clark, Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Public History, University of Technology Sydney, August, 2018
- The Block : Stories from a Meeting Place May lives for a time at 7 Caroline St, Redfern. The street is part of 'The Block', an important Sydney housing development for Indigenous Australians. From SBS.