Saturday 19 September
Book Talks: Veronica Dobson & Margaret Heffernan
This special session features readings from the published writings of Veronica Dobson:
Arelhe-Kenhe Merrethene: Arrernte Traditional Healing and Anpernirrentye Kin and Skin – Talking about family in Arrernte (with John Henderson, IAD Press, 2013), as well as the recently completed supported autobiography of Margaret Heffernan. Both respected Arrernte elders, linguists and educators, their stories rekindle the spirit and provide wisdom and inspiration to everyone who wants to better understand the complexity of living in contemporary Central Australia.
Meg Mooney and Franny Coughlan will support this session.
Gazebo, OPBG

Yankunytjatjara Wangka Project Multimedia presentation
Join us for a special multimedia presentation and reading of childrens’ books in the Yankunytjatjara language, recently revitalised by the artwork of Joshua Santospirito. The Yankunytjatjara Wangka Project, in collaboration with the Mimili Anangu School, Mimili Maku Art Centre and the Mobile Language Team, has been striving since 2012 to maintain the Yankunytjatjara language of the Western Desert region by working closely with senior Yankunytjatjara speakers to record the language and build it into the school.

The Yankunytjatjara Wangka Project has developed great resources such as a website – – and the books you will see today. The project hopes to continue up-skilling language teachers in the classroom to utilise the resources and build on their language skills.
Gallery, OPBG

Exhibition – Joshua Santospirito, Yankunytjatjara Wangka Project
Artwork from the children’s books illustrated by Joshua Santospirito will be displayed throughout the festival on the Gallery walls at Olive Pink Botanic Garden as well as the Alice Springs Pubic Library.

Book Talks: Deeper Water Jessie Cole & Nona and Me Clare Atkins
Described by the Australian as ‘a fine and elegantly written novel from an impressive writer’ Deeper Water is the story of a young woman awakening to the untold possibilities of life and love after she saves a stranger from a raging creek and takes him into her family home where they must stay until the waters recede.

Nona and Me is a young adult novel about a fifteen-year-old growing up in the remote NT community of Yirrkala, who finds herself torn between her Aboriginal sister and her new friends in the nearby mining town of Nhulunbuy.
Gazebo, OPBG