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Living on Stolen Land


Living on Stolen Land is a prose-styled look at our colonial-settler ‘present’. This book is the first of its kind to address and educate a broad audience about the colonial contextual history of Australia, in a highly original way. It pulls apart the myths at the heart of our nationhood, and challenges Australia to come to terms with its own past and its place within and on ‘Indigenous Countries’.

This title speaks to many First Nations’ truths; stolen lands, sovereignties, time, decolonisation, First Nations perspectives, systemic bias and other constructs that inform our present discussions and ever-expanding understanding. This title is a timely, thought-provoking and accessible read.

There is no part of this place
that was not
is not
cared for
by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nation
There are no trees
that were not
are not
someone’s kin


Praise for Living on Stolen Land

"Living on Stolen Land looks warm and inviting but in reality, packs a major punch."
Rachael Knowels, National Indigenous Times

"Kwaymullina’s work is part of a growing and flourishing body of Indigenous authored literature by poets such as Natalie Harkin, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Ellen van Neerven and Alison Whittaker, whose works are a radical, timely and continuing counter-intervention..."
Jeanine Leane, Sydney Review of Books

"If you want to know how to be a good ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Living on Stolen Land, is the perfect primer."
Marjorie Lewis-Jones, The South Sydney Herald

"...a punch to the gut that white Australia so desperately needs." 
Chloë Cooper, Kill Your Darlings

“With grace, precision and conviction — Ambelin takes readers back to the first principles of decolonisation on this continent. ‘Living on Stolen Land’ is both a loving, brilliant monument to these principles and a guide. Her work is perfect for those non-Indigenous people just beginning to think about living on stolen lands and a reminder for those who have thought about it for a while. For those of us who live these principles as First Nations people, well, these poems are like listening to an echo that’s travelled a long time. There’s not a single person who doesn’t stand to gain something from this book.”
Alison Whittaker

"I believe this one of the most important statements on restoration to the dispossessed, on how all of us might go about the essential processes of decolonisation with sensitivity and awareness, that has ever been articulated."
–  John Kinsella

“This book is a poetic and musical manifesto about the current state of affairs in this country…an unapologetic exercise in truth telling that forces you to confront yourself. It contains powerful instructions about the action and doing-work that is now required.” 

Ambelin Kwaymullina
Ambelin Kwaymullina belongs to the Palyku people of the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is a writer, illustrator and law academic who works across a range of genres including YA, science fiction, verse and non-fiction. 


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