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WINNER – 2013 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship
Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss pressures him to gather native plants for natural remedies. This leads him to his Nukunu family in southern Flinders Ranges and the discovery of a world steeped in cultural knowledge. The support of a sassy, smart, young Ngadjuri girl, with a passion for cricket rivalling his own, helps Calypso to reconsider his Rastafarian façade and understand how to take charge of his future.
"I loved the sense of family and connection in Calypso Summer and Calypso’s gradually increasing awareness that he is not only part of a rich cultural heritage, but as a young man he is also responsible for preserving and representing that heritage in a modern setting."
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