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Calypso Summer

WINNER – 2013 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship

Calypso Summer is a story told by Calypso, a young Nukunu man, fresh out of high school in Rastafarian guise. After failing to secure employment in sports retail, his dream occupation, Calypso finds work at the Henley Beach Health Food shop where his boss pressures him to gather native plants for natural remedies. This leads him to his Nukunu family in southern Flinders Ranges and the discovery of a world steeped in cultural knowledge. The support of a sassy, smart, young Ngadjuri girl, with a passion for cricket rivalling his own, helps Calypso to reconsider his Rastafarian façade and understand how to take charge of his future.


Praise for Calypso Summer

"I loved the sense of family and connection in Calypso Summer and Calypso’s gradually increasing awareness that he is not only part of a rich cultural heritage, but as a young man he is also responsible for preserving and representing that heritage in a modern setting."

Sandra Whelan
Kid's Book Review

Jared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Research Fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art at the South Australian Museum and the University of South Australia.

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