on 22 March, 2016

Congratulations to Robbi Neal on the publication of After Before Time

Stories of life from a remote Aboriginal community that sing with vivid and simple life, truth and power.

‘The Old Fella had said to me, “You’re a storyteller. You write, you write it down and tell people about our lives. We want the rest of the world to respect our Culture.”’

At the end of 2008, Robbi Neal and her family moved from country Victoria to a remote community Aboriginal Community in Queensland. They only meant to stay for one year.Over nearly seven years, Robbi fell in love with the place, and the people. Some of the Elders asked Robbi to write about their lives and so, inspired by their experiences she created these stories and they gave her their blessing to share them with the world.

The stories sing with vivid and simple life, truth and power. They are tales of shame, pain and sorrow, but also joy, love and humour. They are stories of individuals, but they tell the story of a community, and of history. They are fresh, vital and immensely engaging.
Robbi Neal’s first manuscript, Sunday Best, was a winner of the Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Award and was published by HarperCollins in 2004. She has been awarded two Australia Arts Council Grants and has also been published by Allen and Unwin in two anthologies. From the beginning of 2009 until recently, Robbi and her family lived in a remote Aboriginal community.

REFERENCE: HarperCollins