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Homecoming by Elfie Shiosaki
Book Launch 

6pm for a 6:30pm start, Wednesday 26th May

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Magabala Books and Rabble Books invite you to join Elfie Shiosaki to launch her book Homecoming with an evening of poetry. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Homecoming will be launched by Nadia Rhook, with readings from Elfie Shiosaki, Mabel Gibson and Savannah Cox. After the readings we will have light refreshments and book signing. 

Weather permitting, it will take place in the outdoor Rabble Garden. We will have blankets and a heater but please bring a jumper if you think you will need it!

The ticket price is free, but registration is essential as places are limited. Please cancel your registration with us if you cannot attend after all. You can email events [at] or cancel through Eventbrite.

Copies of Homecoming will be available for purchase on the night, or you can purchase a copy here.

About the Book

Homecoming pieces together fragments of stories about four generations of Noongar women and explores how they navigated the changing landscapes of colonisation, protectionism, and assimilation to hold their families together.

This seminal collection of poetry, prose and historical colonial archives, tells First Nations truths of unending love for children—those that were present, those taken, those hidden and those that ultimately stood in the light.

Homecoming speaks to the intergenerational dialogue about Country, kin and culture. This elegant and extraordinary form of restorative story work amplifies Aboriginal women’s voices, and enables four generations of women to speak for themselves. This sublime debut highlights the tenacity of family as well as First Nation’s agency to resist, survive and renew.

Elfie Shiosaki has restored humanity and power to her family in this beautifully articulated collection and has given voice to those silenced by our brutal past.

About the Author

Elfie Shiosaki is a Noongar and Yawuru writer. She is a Lecturer in Indigenous Rights at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. She was the Editor of Indigenous Writing at Westerly from 2017 to 2021.


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A Night with Evelyn Araluen, Kate Mildenhall, Adam Thompson & Karen Wyld

6pm for a 6:30pm start, Monday 17th May

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Enjoy readings or talks from four incredible authors, who will also answer audience questions and sign copies of their books. This will be a relaxed, salon-style evening in which to enjoy some wonderful literature and light refreshments. Weather permitting, it will be held outdoors in the Rabble Garden, so please dress for the weather. We will have blankets available.

The ticket price is free, or $10. Choose whichever one works for you. $10 tickets will go towards paying the costs of events, think of it like being a sponsor. But if you need to choose between buying books and getting a ticket, please buy books!

You can purchase the books here.

Much gratitude to Margaret River Writers and Readers Festival for making this event possible. Find out more about MRWRF's program on 14-16th May.



Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize. Kate teaches creative writing to young writers and co-hosts The First Time, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. The Mother Fault is her second novel. Kate lives with her partner and two daughters in Hurstbridge, Victoria.

Adam Thompson is an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Tasmania, who writes contemporary short fiction. In 2016–17, Adam received writing awards through the Tamar Valley Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival. Adam has been awarded a First Nations Fellowship at Varuna – The Writers House, several Arts Tasmania grants, and was one of ten recipients of The Next Chapter initiative through the Wheeler Centre.

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author living on the coast south of Adelaide. Born in South Australia, her Grandmothers’ Country is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As a diasporic Aboriginal woman of Martu descent, she writes fiction and non-fiction that seeks to contextualise colonisation, displacement, the Stolen Generations, homecoming, resistance and rights. She’s currently a Masters candidate, exploring how magic realism is used to articulate time, belonging and Country in Aboriginal-authored text.



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