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Cleven, Vivienne

Vivienne Cleven was born in l968 in Surat, Queensland, and grew up in western Queensland, homeland of her Aboriginal heritage. She left school at the age of thirteen to work with her father as a jillaroo: building fences, mustering cattle, and working at various jobs on stations throughout Queensland and New South Wales. In 2000, with the manuscript Bitin’ Back, Vivienne Cleven entered and won the David Unaipon Award. Published the following year, Bitin’ Back was shortlisted in the 2002 Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award and in the 2002 South Australian Premier’s Award for Fiction. In the latter shortlist, Bitin’ Back was listed with Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, which won. She wrote the playscript for Bitin’ Back, which will be performed by Brisbane’s Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre Company. Her Sister’s Eye was published in 2002 and was chosen in the 2003 People’s Choice shortlist of One Book One Brisbane. Her writing is included in Fresh Cuttings, the first anthology of UQP Black Australian Writing, published in 2003
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Bitin' Back

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Bitin' Back is a rollicking comic novel that nimbly blends the realities of smalltown prejudice and racial intolerance. When the Blackouts' star player Nevil Dooley wakes one morning to don a frock and 'eyeshada', his mother's idle days at the bingo hall are gone forever. Bitin' Back is the winner of the 2000 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Aboriginal writers. Cleven's novel has been described as one of the most achieved manuscripts to come from the twelve year old Unaipon Award to-date.

$23.95

Her Sister's Eye

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'... always remember where you're from ... ' To the Aboriginal Famililes of Mundra this saying brings either comfort or pain. To Nana Vida it is what binds the generations. To the unwilling savant Archie Corella it portends a fate too cruel to name. For Sophie Salte, whose woman's body and child's mind make her easy prey, nothing matters while her sister Murilla is there to watch over her. For Murilla, fierce protector and unlikely friend to Caroline Drysdale, wife of the town patriarch, what matters is survival. In a town with a history of vigilante raids, missing persons and unsolved murders, survival can be all that matters. The stories - of the camp, the boy and his snake, the shooting - told and passed on, offer a release from the horrors of our past. As Nana Vida says, "That's the story. I let it go now".

$24.95