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The Strength of Us As Women

by Kerry Reed-Gilbert
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genre Anthology · Essays · Poetry

A ground-breaking collection of poetry and prose from some of Australia’s best known Indigenous women writers. Compiled by Kerry Reed-Gilbert and first published in 2000.

‘If you want to know the reality of inside Black Australia, this book is for you. The women who speak within these pages allow you, the reader, to look into their hearts, minds, bodies and souls. Share with them their journey, the journey of life.’ — Kerry Reed-Gilbert, editor.

The Strength of Us As Women includes work from Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Yasmin Johnson, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Rosemary Plummer, Barbara Nicholson, Lorraine McGee-Sippel, Anita Heiss, Nellie Green, Christine Simpson, Kathy Malera-Bandjalan, Melanie Williams, Lisa Bellear, Rosemary van den Berg, Rebecca McNaboe, Noeline Briggs-Smith, Kostane Strong, Dorothy Williams, Judy Kirby and Vicki-Ann M. Speechley-Golden.

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Canberra Tales

by Seven Writers
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genre Anthology · Short Stories

‘This book is a collective effort. In 1980 some of the writers met for the first time to form a writers’ group. The group, “Seven Writers”, now flourishes and gives each member the necessary support and critical encouragement to develop her own and the others’ work. When the group formed no one had published more than a few short stories or poems.’ — From the Introduction to Canberra Tales, first published in 1988 and reissued in 1995 as The Division of Love.

Canberra Tales offers an authentic taste of life in the nation’s capital during the 1980s, as well as the work of each of its members: Marion Halligan, Dorothy Johnston, Margaret Barbalet, Sara Dowse, Suzanne Edgar, Marian Eldridge and Dorothy Horsfield. Between them they went on to produce works that have received critical acclaim and won or were shortlisted for multiple prestigious awards. Marion Halligan, Sara Dowse and Margaret Barbalet all have other books in the Untapped Collection. 

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A Little More

by Margaret Scott
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genre Anthology · Essays · Poetry · Short Stories

In 1999, Margaret Scott contributed an essay to 40 Degrees South magazine. It began, ‘If The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are to be believed, I have, late in life, changed from being “a little known poet” to a “cultural icon”.’ This collection of her essays, poetry, extracts from her books and tributes from her friends celebrates a woman comedian Mikey Robins describes as ‘a bloody legend’.

A Little More was first published in 2005, shortly after Margaret Scott passed away. She was involved in the selection of the pieces.

Margaret Scott (1934–2005) was an award-winning poet, academic, novelist and non-fiction writer. She was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to Tasmanian literature.