Cultural Awareness

This webinar was produced by the CBCA to support the facilitators and young voices taking part in the Sun Project: Shadow Judging. It features Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson in discussion.

Aunty Fay Muir

Aunty Fay Muir is a Senior Boon Wurrung and Wemba Wemba Elder, community leader and Koori Court Elder. A former nurse and educator, Fay is now a language specialist and a prison educator in First Nation languages. As well as these important roles, Aunty Fay is also a mentor, author and educator. She works with students and teachers, providing cultural guidance and curriculum advice. She is passionate about sharing her culture.

Aunty Fay also writes books with Sue Lawson. Their first book, Nganga, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Words and Phrases, inspired the Our Place series, published by Magabala Books. Aunty Fay and Sue are working on more picture books for the series and non fiction projects; Sharing, Respect, Family.

Sue Lawson

Award-winning author Sue Lawson is passionate about encouraging young people’s love of writing and reading. Her books, including Pan’s Whisper and Freedom Ride, are recognised for the sensitive way they explore the exciting and heartbreaking complexities of adolescence.

Sue also writes with Boonwurrung Elder, Aunty Fay Muir, creating books that explore and celebrate Australia’s First Nations’ people and their rich culture and history. A former teacher and journalist, Sue spent nearly 20 years in radio, working for both ABC and commercial stations. She currently writes full-time, runs workshops, author talks and facilitates literary interviews and festivals.

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