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.
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
Paperback: 148 x 210 mm, 148pp.
Elaine Patricia Lomas
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