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Panel discussion: writing towards reconciliation

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Join us at the Museum during National Reconciliation Week to hear from local authors about the role that storytelling can play on the path to reconciliation.

Allayne Webster, author of the new book The Centre of My Everything, has worked closely with Ngarrindjeri cultural ambassador and South Australian Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee member, Major 'Moogy' Sumner, to find considered ways to tell stories about Aboriginal characters and culture, as a non-Aboriginal writer. Allayne and Uncle Moogy will be joined by author Vikki Wakefield, who will explore their collaboration and delve into the processes behind the novel.

Our MC for the evening will be Dr Jared Thomas, author and Arts Development Officer at Arts South Australia.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion at 6:45pm, tea and coffee will be served in the Museum's main foyer. Allayne and Vikki's latest novels will be available for sale and the authors will sign copies on the night.


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Major 'Moogy' Sumner

Major Sumner AM is a world renown performer and cultural ambassador of Ngarrindjeri arts, crafts, materiarl arts and traditional culture. His work spans performance, traditional dance and song, cultural advice, and arts and crafts, such as wood carving, and martial arts techniques using his handcrafted traditional shields, clubs, boomerangs and spears. He is a strong supporter of innovative art and has featured in many media productions and cultural collaborations.

Major Sumner lives and works in Adelaide and Camp Coorong, South Australia. He serves as a Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority board member, as a board member of Black Dance Australia, and as the artistic director of the Tal Kin Jeri dance group. His company performs regularly at festivals, events and community celebrations.

Allayne Webster

2018 Premier's Reading Challenge Ambassador Allayne L. Webster grew up in rural SA. She’s the author of seven books including those listed in the Adelaide Festival of Awards for Literature, and Children's Book Council of Australia Notables. The Centre of My Everything (Penguin Random House) is Allayne’s third work supported by Arts SA. Created with the assistance of Aboriginal supporters including Uncle Moogy (Major Sumner), The Centre of My Everything is a hard-hitting novel confronting binge-drinking, economic disadvantage, racism, and violence.

Vikki Wakefield

Vikki Wakefield writes realistic fiction for Young Adults. Her novels include the award-winning All I Ever Wanted, Friday Brown and Inbetween Days, and her books have been published in the US, UK, Germany and other countries. Her work is distinctly Australian with a touch of magical realism, exploring coming-of-age, family, class, relationships, and the lives of contemporary Australian teens. Vikki lives and writes in Adelaide. Ballad for a Mad Girl is her latest YA novel.

Dr Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and The William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture at the South Australian Museum. A former lecturer and Arts Development Officer at Arts South Australia, Jared is also an award-winning writer of children’s and young adult works that explore the power of belonging and culture. In 2015 his title Calypso Summer joined the 2015 International Youth Library White Raven list, given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and exceptional artistic and literary style. His recent releases include Songs That Sound Like Blood and the Game Day series written with NBA player Patty Mills.


A note for educators: a teacher resource for The Centre of My Everything will be available on the night and a certificate issued to registered teachers for 1.5 hours of professional learning aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Key curriculum areas:

Learning areas: English

General capabilities: Ethical Understanding; Intercultural Understanding; Critical and Creative Thinking; Literacy

Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

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