News from Aboriginal Studies Press
Accolades and inspiration for authors
* Quentin Beresford's Rob Riley: ah Aboriginal leader's quest for justice, won the HREOC Award for Arts Non-Fiction.
* Aboriginal Studies Press publishing style guide for authors and editors is now available. Includes background information on writing, self-editing and choices of style. Complements Information kit for Indigenous authors. Both available FREE by calling 02 6246 1183 or downloadable at
* Trustees on trial: recovering the stolen wages, Ros Kidd Senate Inquiry into Stolen Wages draws on Ros Kidd's research. Read the report at
* Writing never arrives naked: early Aboriginal cultures of writing in Australia, Penny van Toorn Ten years in the making, but worth the wait. Van Toorn elegantly disrupts conventional views about Aboriginal literacy. Even though Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Kim Scott and Anita Heiss might be familiar to us now, she argues that Aboriginal writing in English began soon after the early years of colonisation.
Imminent in 2007
* Disciplining the savages: savaging the disciplines, Martin Nakata Nakata's is the first work to critique the Cambridge Expedition's scientific projects in the Torres Strait from an Islander viewpoint. He draws eloquently from his own struggle to break free from imposed definitions while exploring the often uneasy tension between being who you are and who you have been told you are. This valuable first book contributes to the ongoing dialogue between scholars.
* Convincing ground: learning to fall in love with your country, Bruce Pascoe Pascoe's new publication is his most wide-ranging and personal. It's a contemporary critique of the great Australian silence when it comes to dealing respectfully with the constructed nation's Indigenous past. …