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Carlyon, Deborah

Deborah Carlyon is a debut author whose first novel Mama Kuma: One woman, two cultures won the 2001 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards - Best Emerging Author. The biography of her Papua New Guinean grandmother has been well received in Australia and Papua New Guinea. In January 2003 she received an Australia Day medal from the Mayor of Noosa for her cultural contribution, and in April 2003 she was awarded with a Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to society through literature. Deborah lives on the Sunshine Coast of Australia where she was the founding teacher for the Noosa Pengari Steiner School.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Loku And The Shark Attack

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Loku and the Shark Attack is a soulful adventure story about a young village boy, Loku, who undertakes some serious risks to prove to his twin bother that he 'has guts.'


Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures

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Kuma Kelage, daughter of a Chimbu chieftain, was there when the world changed. From her quiet mountain village in the New Guinea Highlands, she took change by the hand and led it. Kuma defied tradition and married a white Australian. With her precious golden child, Ba, she travelled beyond the boundaries of her home to enter a modern world. This remarkable story of Mama Kuma is told by Ba's daughter with love and humour, and with the insight of the colonised. It tells the wonder of one woman's journey through two cultures. 'Deborah Carlyon's strength is to tell the story with a clarity and toughness that avoids the nostalgic, the accusations, or the romantic ... a remarkable social document and a significant contribution to post-colonial literature.' Judges' Report Queensland Premier's Literary Awards