Category Archives: primary orality

Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality

My new essay is now available free from open access academic publisher, Rounded Globe. Download here: Grounded: Indigenous Knowing in a Concrete Reality The description from the Rounded Globe website: “Non-literate cultures depend on their memories to store all the information … Continue reading

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Announcing The Orality Centre

I am absolutely delighted to announce the formation of the Orality Centre which will be based in Etty Street, Castlemaine, on the site which was previously the senior campus for Castlemaine Secondary College (CSC) before the whole school was combined in their new … Continue reading

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Aboriginal affirmation at Coolum Beach

I was a guest at the inaugural Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival to talk about The Memory Code. I had no idea it would prove to be such an emotional time. The affirmation of my work by the … Continue reading

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The Memory Code – Pegasus Books

I am delighted that the Pegasus Books edition of The Memory Code is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com. Pegasus is publishing for North America (US and Canada) while Atlantic Books are publishing for the UK and Europe. Both are … Continue reading

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Writing – the complication of definitions

What is writing? Specifically, when does what I call a mnemonic object really constitute a written device? It all depends on definitions. Let’s start with the most controversial question it the area – is the Inca khipu a written or … Continue reading

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Singing the land, signing the land

Singing the land, signing the land is written by Helen Watson with The Yolngu community at Yirrkala, and David Wade Chambers. Because the Yolngu community were so heavily involved, the content is an accurate reflection of the way they want their knowledge … Continue reading

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The Memory Code is published

I have been overwhelmed, delighted and, I must admit, astonished by the reaction to the first few days of The Memory Code being released. Thank you to everyone who has written to me in response to the radio interviews. Here … Continue reading

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Monuments for memory – the Ten Indicators

My theory about the purpose of many ancient monuments argues that they were built primarily as memory spaces. Their design was specifically to enable elders to practice their memorisation, to teach it and to perform the knowledge for the community according … Continue reading

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The launch is happening – June 30

The launch is now available for booking. The end of the long haul is really happening. I will be giving a talk first on the memory methods and how to apply them in your own life. So excited!

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