Diverse Cultures

Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker

At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms. It is an audacious and lyrical poetry collection that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary.

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. While riding the bus home from school, she was shot in the head at point-blank range and few expected her to survive. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley to the halls of the United Nations.

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was not only the only woman but a Muslim with a Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background. This is the story of how she got there, where she’s going, and how she wants the world to change.

Not Just Black and White

Lesley and Tammy Williams

Lesley Williams was forced to leave her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Lesley never saw her wages – they were kept ‘safe’ for her. She was taught not to question her life, until desperation made her start to wonder. So began a nine-year journey for answers.

The Big Black Thing


The Big Black Thing: Chapter 1 is the first issue in a new series of prose and poetry by emerging and established writers from Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Growing Up Asian in Australia

Alice Pung (ed)

Asian-Australians have often been written about by outsiders, as outsiders. In this collection by well-known and emerging writers they tell their own stories with verve, courage and a large dose of humour. Tales of leaving home, falling in love, coming out and finding one’s feet show us what it is really like to grow up Asian, and Australian.


Alice Pung

At exclusive girls’ school Laurinda, a trio of girls called the Cabinet seem to have power over everyone. Lucy Lam is a scholarship girl who battles to keep her identity and integrity as she finds her way in this new world of privilege and opportunity.

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy (eds)

An intercontinental collection of speculative stories, in prose and graphic form, with contributions from India and Australia that include a nursery story with a twist, a futuristic take on reality TV, a play script with tentacles – and much more.

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

Grace Beside Me

Sue McPherson

Fuzzy Mac’s life is mundane and profound: teen rivalry and awkward romance sit alongside the mystery of Nan’s visions and a ghostly encounter. This is her story – and that of the oddballs around her.

Looking for Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta

Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen and in her final year at a wealthy girls’ school. This is the year she meets her father, the year she falls in love, the year she searches for Alibrandi and finds the real truth about her family – and the identity she has been searching for.

Am I Black Enough for You?

Anita Heiss

In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness. Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?

The Astrologer’s Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Avicenna Crowe’s mother, Joanne, is an astrologer with uncanny predictive powers and a history of being stalked. Now she is missing. But Avicenna has inherited her mother’s gift. With unlikely ally Simon Thorn, she begins to piece together the mystery.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelin Kwaymullina

Ashala Wolf has been captured by a man intent on destroying her Tribe of runaway Illegals. With her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to a machine that will pull secrets from her mind. Will the Tribe survive her interrogation?

Ruby Moonlight

Ali Cobby Eckermann

It is 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the South Australian woods where she befriends an Irish trapper. Her fear of discovery is overcome by her need for human contact, which is ultimately challenged by an Aboriginal lawman

Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia

Demet Divaroren, Amra Pajalic (eds)

In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim Australians tell their stories in their own voices. The beard, the hijab, the migrant – these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories.

Dark Dreams: Australian refugee stories by young writers aged 11–20 years

Sonja Dechian, Heather Millar, Eva Sallis (eds)

This unique anthology of essays, interviews, and stories is written by children and young adults. The stories are the finest of hundreds collected through a nationwide schools competition in 2002. The essays and stories represent many different countries and themes.

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one, glaring, inescapably obvious thing.

Terra Nullius

Claire Coleman

In the near future, Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother. Michael’s parents have founded a new political party that wants to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate.