Riding The Black Cockatoo

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Last night I had the pleasure of sitting alongside three other authors for a discussion about how we came to have a published book. There was Zachery Jane, Paul Tuckey, John Danalis and myself.

Lets just say I’m so glad John Danalis spoke last. His book is a personal account of what happened to him after voicing to his classmates in a lecture that his family had an Aboriginal skull on their mantlepiece. And it had been there for forty years. They called the skull Mary and Riding The Black Cockatoo is about what happened when John decided to return Mary to his (they discovered it was a male skull but kept the nick name) rightful burial place. The reconciliation, love and change this journey brought about in John himself, his family, and the wider Indigenous community was remarkable. Listening to John recount the story of the book and his personal journey was deeply moving and brought most of us to tears.

I now have this book beside my bed and plan to read it first chance I get.

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