Homeland Calling : Words from a New Generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voices
With lyrics rich in rhyme, Homeland Calling is a hip-hop poetry collection that channels culture and challenges stereotypes. Edited by award-winning author and poet Ellen van Neerven, these words have all been written by First Nations youth from remote and regional communities around Australia. Their verses are the result of young artists exploring their place in the world and expressing the future they want to live in. Organised into four sections, 'Country is my heartbeat', 'History is in my bloodline', 'Flame in the struggle' and 'Pride in my people', the words of these deadly, young poets offer wider Australia a rare insight into their thoughts, hopes and dreams. At the back of the book, you'll find a notes section written by Ellen that addresses many of the basic misconceptions regarding First Nations histories and peoples. There's also a glossary of words used in the poems that demonstrate the diversity of languages spoken across this country. Foreword by internationally acclaimed Yolngu hip-hop artist Danzal Baker (aka Baker Boy), artwork by Gamilaroi Yuwaalaraay artist Lakkari Pitt.