It is an honour to contribute to the inaugural edition of the online magazine Synergies in Healing produced in Chennai, India. The two articles - Uluru and Healing Laughter - are written from experiences and conversations with two friends that expanded my understanding of homeland and the many ways in which relationship to land is healing. Through the wisdom carried in their songs, stories, dance and laughter, both Bob Randall and Boori Monty Pryor help many people transform suffering into wellbeing.
Meme’s essay, You Have My Heart, is included in the recent edition 44 of Griffith Review - Cultural Solutions.
Grififth REVIEW 44: Cultural Solutions explores new ways people are working together and solving social problems that governments and other organisations have struggled with. ‘In this edition our contributors share the cultural solutions that are transforming the lives of Australian people and communities,’ says Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schultz. Cultural Solutions puts flesh on the bones of the cultural richness around us and proves its success in providing new fixes for old problems.
Meme's essay CHILD is published in this month's Griffith Review Edition 42: Once Upon a Time in Oz
'DAWN is rising in a pink and grey shriek of galahs. Child, already out of close warmth of swag, tugs my hand. Campfire needs stoking but in the shiver of morning there is something more urgent. Five hours drive the day before and we camped behind this ridge, a stand of she oak nearby promising firewood, rare in desert country, a necessity after sundown. Raised on the muster of sheep and cattle and boiling the billy on open fire, I showed Child the way my mother had shown me to collect sticks watching for spider and centipede, scorpion in this country; showed Child my father’s way of bringing match to twig using the wind as breath. Nestling into Earth, we linked pinkie fingers and swore to be at the top of ridge for dawn.'
One hundred women for one weekend in the middle of one point eight million acres of gibber in one aircraft hanger on Durham Downs. When Simon at Booked Out first phoned me he wasn’t quite sure what it was, where it was, and who these people really were, but he had the feeling that this gig was actually going to happen and I might be the author they were looking for.