Cyclones and Shadows

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This collection draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by acclaimed author Sally Morgan. Two stories feature Lilli and her magical companion, Shadow. The next two stories are about Annie, who learns how important ingenuity and strong family ties are when living in the remote community of Useless Loop. Drawing on the authors’ own experiences, these charming tales are illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, and are a great way to introduce young readers to the world of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.


Laura Dudgeon’s stories were inspired by her nana and based in her hometown of Darwin. Pat Dudgeon was born in Darwin and is descended from the Beniol Bardi people from north of Broome. Pat was the Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association and is a Doctor of Philosophy. Sabrina Dudgeon is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Giga people in the East Kimberley. Her story was inspired by her Nana and the stories she shared. Darlene Oxenham is a Malgana woman from Shark Bay on the coast of Western Australia. Darlene is a professor at the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia.