Live @ Queen St Mall with Lauren Appo

Episode 56

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On episode 57 I go live at the Queen street Mall, Wintergarden ‘Gathering’. An event held every Wednesday hosted by Creative Nations. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Lauren Appo, a proud Mamu woman from Innisfail with strong links to Goreng Goreng Mobs on her mothers side.

Lauren has been living on Meanjin country since she was 12 and has built strong connections in Brisbane and the community. Lauren is currently a podcaster, community ambassador and champion for Aboriginal Authors, Women of colour and Black narratives.

Amongst many things, we have a great yarn about Laurens’s love for books! In particular those written by First Nation Authors. Lauren gives her hot tips and suggestions on books to read and her favorite authors! A must listen for any book lovers out there! It doesn’t stop here either! This is the beginning of something special that I have in the works for this year. Keep an eye out 😉

Recommendations throughout this episode:

Creative Nations –

Recommended Books:

Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

Tiddas – Anita Heiss

Drovers Wife – Leah Purcell

Between the world and me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Recommended Authors:

Anita Heiss – Anita gives Aboriginal people, Women and children a voice in a see of voices. We have an aboriginal voice doing normal regular things. That might seem like a normal thing but its not. When Australia sees Aboriginal people living positive lives like we do every day that’s when the conversation starts that’s when “you and us” stops and understanding of stories begin.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Is a voice of the black man that is too loud and articulate to ignore.

Toni Morrison – The voice of a generation of voiceless black women

Rupi Kaur – Very Necessary, real and romantic Poetry


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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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