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On Country:
Stories Of Nyrlotte

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On Country: The Stories of Nyrlotte is a beautiful collection of childhood memories brimming with adventure, family relationships and customs set on Cape York.

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Overview

On Country: The Stories of Nyrlotte is a beautiful collection of childhood memories brimming with adventure, family relationships and customs set on Cape York.

The story revolves around Nyrlotte, a mischievous and enquiring young, Alngith girl who lives with her extended family on Wik country.

Nyrlotte’s generous and wise granny helps keep her safe from danger, while teaching the inquisitive Nyrlotte about her culture and traditions. Nyrlotte’s journey is one of discovery, a little naughtiness, and a lot of love from Granny and Daddy Old Man.

Details

Fiona Doyle

Fiona Doyle is the daughter of a Mbaiwum Women and a father of Austrian origin. She was born Maryann Fiona George on the 2nd January, 1969 on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

Fiona, who writes under the Aboriginal name Oochunyung currently resides in Brisbane with her husband Danny and three daughters. A graduate of NAISDA, Fiona has incorporated dance, drama and poetry in her artistic expression with the intent to share, educate and proclaim the Indigenous heartbeat of her People.

Although Whispers of this Wik Women is her first published book, Fiona has written two children’s books titled Sandbeach Girl and Looking for Yams.

Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung

Fiona Wirrer-George Oochunyung, daughter of a Mbaiwum woman and a father of Austrian origin, was raised by her grandparents and grew up between the two communities of Napranum (Weipa South) and Aurukun, on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. Fiona graduated from the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College, Sydney, and James Cook University and has worked as a freelance performer and choreographer.

Her biography/family memoir, Whispers of this Wik Woman, about her grandmother, Jean George Awumpan, Alngith Wikway and Wik Elder, won the 2003 David Unaipon Award and was published by UQP in 2004. It was also made into a play performed by the Kooemba Jdarra Theatre Company. She has written two other works for the stage, A Bastard’s Tale and Blak Velvet, and also published children’s books, including On Country: Stories of Nyrlotte (2006) and Jindah Murray – Wind Dancer (2011).

Fiona is currently studying for a Master of Education and working with Indigenous girls at Clayfield College. She lives in Brisbane with her three daughters.

Previously published with UQP as Fiona Doyle