Claire G. Coleman


About Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius, published by Hachette in Australia and Small Beer Press in the US, won a black&write! Fellowship and a Norma K. Hemming Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Aurealis Science Fiction Award. She writes poetry, short-fiction and essay and has been published in the Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia, Meanjin, Australian Poetry, Art Collector, Griffith Review, Overland, and McSweeney’s.


Articles about Claire G. Coleman

Articles by Claire G. Coleman

The Hidden Children:
The White Girl by Tony Birch

‘I don’t think anybody knows how many Aboriginal people made the decision to identify their children as “not Aboriginal” to protect them from discriminatory laws and abuses by government, police, and bureaucracies. The long-term effect of these decisions still need to be unpacked, the ramifications of intentional, parental removal of children from culture are still not properly understood. However, this risk, taking children from culture, from Country, from family to protect them from laws we would no longer tolerate was worth taking – to keep the children with family, to keep them safe.’