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In this beautifully crafted, evocative and poignant anthology of prose and fiction, a diverse group of young black writers are encouraged to find strength in their voices and what is important to them. maar bidi is a journey into what it is to be young, a person of colour and a minority in divergent and conflicting worlds. All talk to what is meaningful to them, whilst connecting the old and the new, the ancient and the contemporary in a variety of ways.
These young essayists, critics, novelists, poets, authors shake down words and works to find styles, forms and meanings that have influenced them and all their writings. These pieces are snapshots of peoples, places and perception.
"The heart of this anthology is its affirmation of the agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to make meaning of their own lived experience, to find their voice and to speak for themselves, instead of being spoken about by others."
– Elfie Shiosaki, Linda Martin and Madia Rhook
"A mix of poetry and prose, maar bidi provides the world with a candid collection from this continent's next generation of Black writers."
– Raelee Lancaster, The Saturday Paper
"A stunning display of truth, reckoning and love."
– Blackfulla Bookclub
"...a beguiling volume that effortlessly spans multiple forms and sheds light on a fresh crop of literary talent."
– Happy Mag
"The anthology is exciting because it escapes prediction and assumption...maar bidi is a beautiful piece of work."
– Rod Lewis, GLAM Adelaide