This guide to sources relating to Aboriginal literature was last updated by Library staff in 2016. It comprises selected material held by the State Library or available online.
These suggested readings are just a small sample of the relevant material we hold. To find more, try searching with the name of an author, or by using these subject headings in the State Library catalogue:
Australian drama - Aboriginal Australian authors
Australian literature - Aboriginal Australian authors
Australian poetry - Aboriginal Australian authors
Or conduct a keyword search using the following terms:
Aborigin* and drama
Aborigin* and poetry
Aborigin* and fiction
Aborigin* and literature
For more assistance, talk with staff at the Library's Information Desk or Ask Us.
The State Library has a number of electronic resources that are useful for finding articles relating to Aboriginal literature.
Some of these resources can only be accessed within the library and others can also be accessed from home by becoming a Home Access User.
Relevant resources include:
Academic search complete General periodical index
AustLit Information resources about many aspects of Australia's literary heritage. The 'Blackwords' section looks at Aboriginal authors.
Australian/New Zealand Reference centre Newspaper and magazine articles from the recent past.
Australian Public Affairs Full Text General periodical index
Trove website provides word searchable access to historical Australian newspapers, mostly prior to 1955
Behrendt, Larissa. Home, 2004.
Casey, Maryrose. Creating frames : contemporary indigenous theatre 1967-1990, 2004.
Davis, Jack et al (ed) Paperbark : a collection of black Australian writings, 1990.
Dunkle, Margaret. Black in focus : a guide to Aboriginality in literature for young people, 1994.
Fogarty, Lionel . Yerrabilela Jimbelung : poems about friends and family, 2008.
Gilbert, Kevin. The blackside : people are legends and other poems, 1990.
Gilbert, Kevin. Inside Black Australia : an anthology of Aboriginal poetry, 1988.
Ginibi, Ruby Langford. Real deadly, 1992.
Heiss, Anita, Minter, Peter (eds). Macquarie PEN anthology of Aboriginal literature, 2008.
Holt, Yvette, Anonymous premonition, 2008.
Kleinert, Sylvia, Neale Margo and Bancroft, Robyne (eds). The Oxford companion to Aboriginal art and culture, 2000.
Morgan, Sally. My place, 1987.
Mudrooroo. Writing from the fringe : a study of modern Aboriginal literature, 1990.
Neervan, Ellen van. Heat and light, 2014.
Nelson, Emmanuel S. (ed) Connections : essays on Black literatures, 1988.
Proctor, Jo and Gale, Mary-Anne (eds). Tauondi speaks from the heart : aboriginal poems from Tauondi College, 1997.
Sabbioni, Jennifer, Schaffer, Kay, and Smith, Sidonie (eds). Indigenous Australian voices : a reader, 1998.
Saunders, Brenda. The sound of red, 2013.
Shoemaker, Adam. Black words, white page : Aboriginal literature 1929-1988, 1989. Also online.
Thompson, Liz (comp). Aboriginal voices : contemporary Aboriginal artists, writers and performers, 1999.
Van Toorn, Penny. Writing never arrives naked : early Aboriginal cultures of writing in Australia, 2006.
Watson, Sam. Smoke encrypted whispers, 2004.
Weller, Archie. Land of the golden clouds, 1998.