Cyclones and Shadows


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

This collection draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by acclaimed author Sally Morgan.

Two stories feature Lilli and her magical companion, Shadow. Living in Nan’s mango tree, Shadow is just the friend Lilli needs when adjusting to a new life in a new town. And, when Shadow finds himself the host of an unwanted visitor, Lilli becomes just the friend he needs too. The next two stories are about Annie, who learns how important ingenuity and strong family ties are when living in the remote community of Useless Loop. Annie helps her dad build an amazing beach sports car from a pile of junk before she and her family battle a cyclone.

Drawing on the authors’ own experiences, these charming tales are illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, and are a great way to introduce young readers to the world of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.

'This sweet collection of stories from Fremantle Press’ Waarda series will appeal to teachers, librarians and parents who want to talk with kids about the different experiences of people around Australia ... The language is simple, the stories are charming and the book’s light touch will prompt conversations about new cultural experiences ...' Books+Publishing

'... a wonderful way to introduce younger readers to contemporary Indigenous stories and storytelling.' Australian Teacher

'The easy-to-read stories, although simple, have something important to say.' Good Reading Magazine

'Simple prose and short chapters with headings make all these stories easy for newly-independent readers. Tracey Gibbs has made a strong contribution to the book with her evocative cover picture and expressive black, white and grey illustrations ...' Magpies

'... young readers are sure to be gripped by the charming world of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.' writingWA

About the Authors

Laura Dudgeon was born in Darwin in 1993. She is descended from the Beniol Bardi people from north of Broome. Lilli and her Shadow is based on her own experience of moving to a new place.

Darlene Oxenham is a Malgana woman from Shark Bay on the coast of Western Australia. Her story Beach Sports Car was inspired by her time growing up in Useless Loop. Darlene has worked in Higher Education for over twenty years and has been a Professor at the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia.

Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Gija people in the East Kimberley. Sabrina grew up in Darwin, but now lives in Perth and works for the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her story Lilli and Shadow in Trouble is part of the Waarda series for young readers and was inspired by her Nanna and the stories she shared.

Pat Dudgeon was born in Darwin in 1959 and is descended from the Beniol Bardi people from north of Broome. Pat came to Perth to study psychology and, after graduation, joined the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University as a lecturer. She later became the head of the centre in 1990. Pat was the Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association and is a Doctor of Philosophy. Her thesis was completed in 2008 and is called Mothers of Sin: Indigenous Women’s Perceptions of Identity and Sexuality/Gender. She was also an Associate Professor and research fellow at the UWA School of Indigenous Studies, where she researched Aboriginal women and leadership.