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Julie Janson is an Indigenous woman of the Burruberongal clan of Darug nation. She is teacher, artist, playwright, award-winning poet and a novelist. Her career as a playwright began when she wrote and directed plays in remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. Her first novel: The Crocodile Hotel is a fictionalised account of teaching in remote Aboriginal cattle stations in the late 1970s before Land Rights. Julie has won many awards and grants for her writing. In poetry, she is winner of the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize, 2016 for Accacia Land and co-winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, 2019 for Duria burumurrung: eaglehawk time. As a playwright, her awards include Highly Commended for the Human Rights Award for her play Gunjies and other plays have been shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwrights Award and the Griffin Award. Julie’s latest novel Benevolence is published by Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books. Benevolence has been longlisted for The Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2020.
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Grace Karskens is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. Her research focuses on include Australian colonial history, urban history, cross-cultural history and environmental history. Her books include Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood and the multi-award winning The Rocks: life in early Sydney. Her latest book, The Colony: A History of Early Sydney won the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for non-fiction and the US Urban History Association's prize for Best Book 2010. Grace was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2010. People of the River is her latest book.
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