Blast off! (Photos from the launch)

23rd September 2014
Nona & Me, Public events

Nona & Me was officially launched at the Yirrkala Art Centre on the weekend. The morning blew me away. So many friends chipped in to make it special – from the home-made catering, to the book display (complete with traditional baskets made of ghost-nets in colours that matched the book cover), to the big crowd of people who attended. I suspect this may be the only event I ever sign so many books with ‘With love’! And to top it off the Art Centre is now sold out of copies!

Merrkiyawuy, the fantastic woman who helped me during the writing process, made a brilliant introductory speech. The team from the Mulka Project generously filmed it so we will get it online as soon as possible. Siena Stubbs performed a beautiful contemporary dance of the Bayini, a white female warrior who sailed to Arnhem Land long ago. And I gave a short speech, along with a thousand thanks to all the people who had helped me in during my research interviews for the book.

Here are a few photos from the launch…

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‘Merrki & Me’ – before the launch, alongside the beautiful display of ghost-net baskets and books.

Siena performing a contemporary dance of the Bayini.

Siena performing a contemporary dance of the Bayini.

I presented Merrki and many others who were integral to the research process and writing with copies of the finished novel.

I presented Merrki and many others who were integral to the research process and writing with copies of the finished novel.

My Yolngu family - momo Dhanggal, namala Lena and wawa Yotjin - with me and my baby Nina at the launch. It meant so much to me to have my family there to help celebrate.

My Yolngu family – momo Dhanggal, namala Lena and wawa Yotjin – with me and my baby Nina at the launch. It meant so much to me to have my family there to help celebrate.

Book signing! Quite a strange feeling...might take a bit of getting used to!

Book signing! Quite a strange feeling…might take a bit of getting used to!

And a close up of the book and baskets, because they just looked so stunning. They are traditional baskets  woven with pandanus and ghost-nets (discarded fishing nets) by Merrki's sisters. Stunning!

And a close up of the book and baskets, because they just looked so stunning. They are traditional baskets woven with pandanus and ghost-nets (discarded fishing nets) by Merrki’s sisters.

 

 

 

 

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