Wandihnu and the Old Dugong Book

Wandihnu and the Old Dugong Book

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By Elizabeth Wymarra & Wandihnu Wymarra. Illustrated by Benjamin Hodges

A contemporary story about a young girl who has grown up in the city and who is about to return to Badu Island in the Torres Strait to stay with her aka (grandmother). It is time for Wandihnu to learn about the customs of her people. The night before she leaves, Wandihnu drifts off to sleep and dreams about the journey, about her aka, and about a very special friend.


Elizabeth Wymarra was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Known for her work as a performing artist, comedian and playwright, she has studied visual and performing arts at the NSW TAFE in Sydney, and has completed a degree in Creative Writing. Elizabeth and her mother make many visits to Badu Island to research stories of their family and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Wandihnu Wymarra first began writing stories with her mother as a mother–daughter bonding exercise. Over the years they have made many visits back to Badu Island to reserach stories of their family and Torres Strait Islander culture. Wandihnu wrote her first play when she was just seven years old. These days she concentrates more on journal writing and poetry.

Born in 1978, Benjamin Hodges is of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent with bloodlines that trace back to Jamaica, China and England. He studied art and design at Queensland TAFE and completed a Degree in Visual Arts at the University of Queensland. In 2005 he won the National NAIDOC Poster Award, which saw his work displayed nationally in Australia.


Paperback, 28 pages

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