Author(s): Paula Shaw
Arriving in a tiny Aboriginal community in far north Queensland, Paula had little idea what to expect. Seven Seasons in Aurukun is her very personal story of teaching at the local school and making a life for herself in a challenging new world. In the unrelenting tropical heat, she discovers there's an immediacy and intensity in everything. From the mischievous children in her bilingual classroom to the local politics, nothing is quite what it seems.
Long-listed for The John Button Prize 2009 (Australia).
Paula Shaw has taught in schools in Brisbane and Sydney as well as in the remote Aboriginal community of Aurukun in Cape York. She now works as a social researcher in Sydney.
Author's noteEight streetsFIRST TERM1 Aurukun arrival2 Ugly face fuckin' arsehole slut3 Roll call4 Wide blue sky5 Big river country6 Love RiverTERM TWO7 Pigs and honey8 Season of plenty9 Henny the coconutterTERM THREE10 Open house11 Friday12 Frankie versus the PMTERM FOUR13 Giving chase14 Mango season15 Up river16 Rich task17 Dance with me18 Halfway19 AwayTERM ONE20 Oh crappy day21 Kaap - wet season22 History project23 Election day24 Mr MayorTERM TWO25 J-A-M spells honey26 One less thing27 Netball season28 Last chance RaymondTERM THREE29 Big blue30 Burial ground31 The kiss32 End of term - SydneyTERM FOUR33 Letting go34 Home straight35 BelieveAcknowledgments