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Sea Country


In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.

Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.


Praise for Sea Country

"I loved Sea Country…"
Anita Heiss, The Sydney Morning Herald

"...breathtaking beauty…finely crafted and significant…"
Robin Morrow, Magpies Magazine

"Brimming with life from Lisa Kennedy’s illustrations and collages...Young and old readers will be immersed in the life of the island and the rhythms of its seasons."
Happy Mag

"...a delightful children's picture book..."

Aunty Patsy Cameron

Aunty Patsy Cameron is a highly regarded Elder, author, researcher and cultural historian, who recognises the need for an Aboriginal voice and perspective in the interpretation and communication of Tasmanian Aboriginal history, heritage and culture. She is herself a cultural...

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Lisa Kennedy

Lisa is a descendant of the coastal Pairebeenne/Trawlwoolway clan in North East Tasmania. She has always carried a deep love of Sea and Country and has been blessed to work alongside Aunty Patsy on Sea Country. Lisa finds her most...

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