Welcome to another Libraries ACT Read Local author conversation. In this episode, former ABC radio broadcaster journalist, Louise Maher has a sit down with Wiradjuri woman, Dr Jeanine Leane – award winning writer of short stories and poetry, teacher, academic and essayist.
Jeanine talks about coming from Wiradjuri land and memories of her childhood that provided some inspiration to "Purple Threads". From recollections of the landscape, impacts of European settlement, the southern hemisphere’s longest wooden bridge and family, Jeanine recalls one scholar’s review of the book as being easy to be taken in by the lilt and lull of the country and some of the humor, but it also has an undercurrent undertone that is very serious, sad and unresolved.
Louise also delves into the power of poetry and loss of indigenous languages and Janine’s work towards reclaiming the Wiradjuri language.
Jeanine finishes by reading an excerpt from the foreward of "Guwayu – For all times" and "Ngurangbangali", one of her poems from the book.