By Pea Media, DesertEdited by van Neerven, Ellen
With lyrics rich in rhyme, channelling culture and challenging stereotypes, HomelandCalling is a hip hop poetry collection written by First Nations youth from remote and regional communities around Australia. Edited by award-winning author and poet, Ellen van Neerven, and brought... to you by Desert Pea Media, these verses are the result of young artists exploring their place in the world and expressing the future they want to live in. Organised into four sections, 'History and Culture', 'Environment', 'Mental Wellbeing' and 'Lived Experience', the words of these deadly, young poets offer wider Australia a rare insight into their thoughts, hopes and dreams.Read more
Desert Pea Media (DPM) is a not-for-profit organisation working with First Nations Australians to create social change through collaborative storytelling. DPM collaborates with First Nations communities and schools across Australia, running workshops that focus on empowering First Nations youth and encouraging pride in their cultural identity. Their workshops reinvigorate traditional storytelling culture through the contemporary mediums of music, song, film and performance. DPM have run over 100 workshops in more than 70 remote and regional communities across Australia including Wilcannia, Cowra, Townsville, Alice Springs, Moree, Tiwi Islands and Thursday Island. Their workshops have helped launch a number of First Nations hip hop groups, including the B-Town Warriors from Bourke, who won a National Indigenous Music Award in 2018. All royalties from the book will go towards an annual training and development event that brings together young people, trainees, artists and mentors from remote and regional communities to share, learn and create together. Ellen van Neerven (born Meanjin, 1990) is an award-winning writer and editor of Mununjali Yugambeh (south-east Queensland) and Dutch heritage. Ellen's fictional debut Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize. Ellen is the author of two volumes of poetry, Comfort Food and Throat.
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