Kurnai woman Veronica Gorrie grew up with a fear of the police. So she joined the force. In the first half of her powerful memoir, Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience, Ronnie describes a childhood full of both love and trauma. Her time as a police officer is detailed in its second half. Ronnie’s accounts of being Black and Blue are told with power and humour and provide harrowing but important insight into the rampant racism in our community and our police.
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Veronica Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai woman who lives and writes in Victoria. Black and Blue, a memoir of her childhood and the decade she spent in the police force, is her first book. Black and Blue won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Prize for Indigenous Writing at the 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
Tali Lavi is a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in publications including Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books, Overland and The Melbourne Review. She is Co-Director of Programming at Melbourne Jewish Book Week.