For all the troubles we face every day, we are a passionate people.
When we hear these poems, we know, we are lovers of life.
This anthology of poems was written by twenty-one Arrernte women from the heart of the continent in Mparntwe Alice Springs around the theme of the NT Writers Festival 2019, Lyapirtneme.
It is an important contribution to the growing national landscape of First Nations literature, particularly from remote Australia.
About the editors:
Ptilotus Press (1996 - 2021) now known as Running Water Community Press is a not-for-profit community controlled publisher run by its authors and other local writers in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. They are the only independent publisher in the NT and they are currently working toward becoming the first author-run publishing cooperative in Australia. They focus on First Nations storytelling and truth-telling from remote areas and are committed to a range of copyright justice initiatives from repatriation of stolen stories to building greater protections for First Nations storytellers and their Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights.
They work in partnership with a number of local and national organisations including NT Writers Centre, Akeyulerre Healing Centre, BLACKBOOKS a division of Tranby Aboriginal Cooperative, Arts Law and the First Nations Australian Writers Network.