From Little Things Big Things Grow - Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, illustrations by children from Gurindji Country
The iconic song by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, our national anthem of hope and optimism, is now also a wonderful children’s book illustrated by Gurindji schoolchildren and featuring evocative landscape paintings by artist Peter Hudson.
The song recounts the story of when Vincent Lingiari and other Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill cattle station in 1966. What began as a strike over wages and conditions became an eight-year long struggle for the return of traditional lands, which pre-dates Mabo. It ended in August 1975 when Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically poured sand into old Vincent’s hand.
From Little Things Big Things Grow gives Gurindji children the opportunity to retell their story to a new generation, and is a collaboration embodying the spirit of the song. All profits will be funnelled back to the community through Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth to establish literacy and cultural programmes for Gurindji youth in Kalkarinji, NT.
From Little Things Big Things Grow is a co-publication by One Day Hill and Affirm Press.Add to basket($19.95)