Based on the oral histories of the Darug people, Julie Janson has said that her ambitious and illuminating new novel, Benevolence, was written as an Aboriginal response to The Secret River. Muraging – a character inspired by Julie’s own great-great-grandmother – is given over to the Native Institution as a pupil by her father, a “benevolent” institution providing Christian discipline and education, and thereby becomes the first person in the novel to be sacrificed to the good intentions of the waibala.
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Julie Janson is a Burruberongal woman of Darug Aboriginal Nation and a playwright, novelist and poet. Julie was co-recipient of the 2016 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize and winner of the 2019 Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and her novels include The Crocodile Hotel, The Light Horse Ghost and, most recently, Benevolence.
Caroline Baum is the author ofOnly, A Singular Memoir and is a contributor to several anthologies and national media including The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the NSW Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network (OWN). In 2021, Caroline presents Life Sentences, a new podcast series devoted to contemporary biography.