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In Conversation: Jacki Ferro and Rhonda Collard-Spratt

  • Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)
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Join us for an evening with Jacki Ferro and Rhonda Collard Spratt, authors of Alice’s Daughter: lost mission child, in conversation with Robert Wood. The two authors will read an excerpt from the book, as well as take part in Q&A and book signing. 

‘My story is not about blame. It’s about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my words will live on after I leave this world.’

In 1954, aged three, Rhonda Collard-Spratt was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed on Carnarvon Native Mission, Western Australia. Growing up in the white world of chores and aprons, religious teachings and cruel beatings, Rhonda drew strength and healing from her mission brothers and sisters, her art, music and poetry, and her unbreakable bond with the Dreaming.

Alice’s Daughter is the story of Rhonda’s search for culture and family as she faces violence, racism, foster families, and her father’s death in custody; one of the first deaths investigated as part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Written in Rhonda’s distinctive voice, Alice’s Daughter is fearless, compelling and intimate reading. Coupled with her vibrant and powerful paintings and poetry, Rhonda’s is a journey of sadness, humour, resilience and ultimately survival.

RHONDA COLLARD SPRATT is a Yamatji and Noongar visual artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, art teacher, and poet from Carnarvon, Western Australia. She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Indige- nous Art from Griffith University. As an Elder, Rhonda conducts Aboriginal cultural workshops, and has worked in prisons with young women around suicide prevention and helping them re- connect with their Aboriginality. As a representative of the Stolen Generations, Rhonda officiates at National Sorry Day events.

JACKI FERRO has managed many cross-cultural and artistic com- munity projects that support social justice and community educa- tion. Jacki has a degree in business communication (Queensland University of Technology), and post-graduate qualifications in both social planning (University of Queensland); and writing, editing, and publishing (UQ).

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories.

COST: $5

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