Cherry Pickers Daughter
The Cherry Picker's Daughter is the story of Kerry Reed-Gilbert and her brother who were raised in a loving extended family after their mother's tragic death at the hands of their father.
A beautiful and thoughtful first person observation of Aboriginal life in regional New South Wales during the mid-20th century, it is a key resource for school libraries and classes, revealing the remarkable strength, resilience and creativity in the face of hardship, discrimination and cultural genocide.
Kerry's aunt (whom she affectionately calls 'Mummy') welcomed them into her home, providing them with love security and care and, most importantly, preventing them from being stolen by social services.
This powerful narrative relays Kerry's experiences of love and loss, living in deplorable conditions and having her fate decided by the Protection Laws. Through her story, Kerry – an activist, artist, poet and author – expresses the resilience of her people and community.
Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert was a Wiradjuri elder, poet, writer, activist, artist, author and editor of numerous works of poetry and prose, including Talkin’ About Country (Kuracca); The Strength of Us as Women: Black women speak (ed. Ginninderra Press); Message Stick: Contemporary Aboriginal writing (ed. IAD Press); Ngunnunggula (Belonging to Here): Stories and poems (ed. FreeXpression); and Black Woman Black Life (Wakefield Press).
A teacher and advocate, Kerry Reed-Gilbert was the co-founder and inaugural chairperson of the First Nations Australian Writers Network.
Format: Paperback, 192pages
Size: 210 x 135 x 17 mm
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