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Catherine McKinnon & Aunty Barbara Nicholson

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Catherine McKinnon is an award-winning writer of novels  and plays. Her novel Storyland was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wollongong. Storyland: the play,  (co-written with Aunty Barbara Nicholson) explores the deep and abiding need humans have to find connection  with each other and the land we live on. Barbara Nicholson is a senior Wadi Wadi woman from the Illawarra. She is a  poet and a published academic. Barbara is active across the  spectrum of Aboriginal disadvantage: education, criminal justice,  land rights and the Stolen Generation. She was awarded the  Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from UOW in 2014. Recently Barbara  has won the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Lifetime Achievement Award, South Coast Writers’ Centre Life Member  Award, and Wollongong City Citizen of the Year Award. 

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