Kuracca – meaning white sulphur crested cockatoo in Wiradjuri language – is a multi-lingual anthology featuring eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women writing poetry, prose, songs and stories about their unique lives.

All contributors are members of Canberra’s longest running Indigenous writers group called ‘Us Mob Writing’ and this book is dedicated to the late Wiradjuri Elder and award-winning writer, Kerry-Reed Gilbert.

With a strong focus on inspiring other First Nations peoples to write, the anthology includes both emerging and award-winning writers, a preface by Chairperson Us Mob Writing, Marissa McDowell and a foreword by Chairperson First Nations Australia Writers Network, Yvette Holt.  

This publication received support from artsACT as well as the NT Regional Arts Fund. The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.


Us Mob Writing

First Nation Voices

All sixty-five poems in Kuracca equate to some sixty-five thousand years and beyond of what it means to be here in the now, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women representing their families, communities, heritage, their shadows, their promise, their matriarch, themselves. – Yvette Holt, Chairperson First Nations Australia Writers Network 



RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 978-0-6480629-7-4

Paperback: 148 x 210 mm, 148pp.

To order online, please visit NewSouth Books website here.


Kerry Reed-Gilbert

Lisa Fuller

Joyce Graham

Samantha Faulkner

Samia Goudie

Elaine Patricia Lomas

Odette Fuller

Jessika Spencer

Marissa McDowell

Barrina South

Brenda Gifford

Yvette Holt (Foreword)

Powerful and palpable, Kuracca honours the work of a cultural powerhouse and matriarch in style. The book showcases the strengths and fresh and exciting writing of a tightly bonded group. This is healing.Ellen van Neerven

Through Kuracca eleven First Nation writers offer an Us Mob Writing literature camp oven sharing personal insights through a selection of poetry, prose, language, and narratives. Kuracca’s Spirit Remains.Charmaine Papertalk Green

Through the liberating words written on these pages, women are sharing their own stories and truth. Such inspiration is the legacy of Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert RIP. – Ali Cobby Eckermann

A remarkable thought-provoking collaboration by Us Mob Writing group. Their poetry and stories are next to none and Kuracca is a must read. The book pays tribute to Kerry Reed-Gilbert’s legacy as a First Nations leader.Lesa Reed