Listen. And you will hear the voices of Ancestors. Speaking to us. Guiding us. Leading us on the path to knowledge of culture, of Country. To reconciliation. Listen.
Listen encourages the reader to reflect on the importance of listening and truth-telling in response to Australia's complex history. The poetic writing style creates a rich and respectful text, and the bright colours inject a sense of joy into a text that explores what is often a painful history. The use of traditional First Nations techniques reinforces the longevity and importance of a culture that has lived on Australian land for over 65,000 years.
Duncan Smith OAM was born on Wiradjuri Country. He spent his younger years learning his culture and painting with his Elders and members of his family. Elders in Duncan’s community took him hunting and gathering, and taught him cultural dances.
Nicole Godwin is a multi-award-winning author who shines a light on environmental, animal rights and social justice issues through captivating picture books. Her books engage readers and help to create a generation of thoughtful, committed and compassionate individuals.
Jandamarra Cadd is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung descendent. Painting has been a way of life that has enabled him to express his creativity and story telling. Jandamarra uses a variety of styles and mediums; with his unique blend of traditional aboriginal art techniques along with his own signature contemporary portraiture.