A new anthology that explores the lived experiences of young Indigenous people has been launched at The University of Western Australia.
maar bidi was launched at the newly opened Bilya Marlee building, home of UWA's School of Indigenous Studies
Nine UWA students contributed pieces of writing to maar bidi: next generation black writing after taking part in creative writing workshops through the School of Indigenous Studies.
“Each writer is telling an individual story but if you map them, they are telling a story of young black Australia."Dr Elfie Shiosaki
Edited by lecturers Dr Elfie Shiosaki and Linda Martin from UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies, maar bidi means ‘to create a pathway with your hands’ in Noongar language.
The young writers shared snapshots of peoples, places and perceptions, weaving a powerful anthology filled with lived experiences.
WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon Ben Wyatt, spoke with student authors at the event.
Dr Shiosaki said the anthology was a journey into what it was to be young and Indigenous in divergent and conflicting worlds.
“Each writer is telling an individual story but if you map them, they are telling a story of young black Australia,” she said.
“That is what makes it profound, because unlike other writers, Indigenous writers speak of Country and kin.”