Amy Thunig is an academic in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, where she is also undertaking a PhD in education with a focus on Sovereign/Indigenous women in academia. A Gomeroi yinarr, Amy is a freelance media writer and panelist, and in 2020 launched her podcast ‘Blacademia: a podcast of yarns with First Nations academics’.
All essays by Amy Thunig
Swimmers and smoke masks
The birds fell silent this summer. For three days we didn’t hear or see them. Every morning and evening we stepped into the heat and smoke haze to place containers of water wherever shade could be found. The closest fire is 15 kilometres away and out of control. We are not in immediate threat from the fires here, but the smoke is thick. I am worried about the wildlife and our elderly neighbours.