An intro from Mark

#GOLive Twitter – Adam, Mick and Blak Douglas

Full GO Scholars and GO Alumni, mark this in your diaries: On Thursday 13 August, we are holding #GOLive, Session 1, our first (ever) virtual mentoring session. Our good friends at Twitter are hosting this special #GOLive morning for high school students (with full GO Scholarships) and for our university scholars and alumni. We can’t wait!

Mick and Adam will kick off the morning, checking in for a yarn session.  Then (after a Twitter biscuit break) Indigenous artist, and great friend of GO, Blak Douglas will share some deadly drawing skills so you can create your own story. Remember to bring your laptops to school on the day. Watch Mark’s video for all the details.

#GOLive will be a regular event, with more 2-hour mini mentoring days like this one – especially while we can’t all get together in person.

GO-Q Culture – Tara June Winch: The Yield

Indigenous novelist Tara June Winch, a proud Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Wollongong, has just won Australia’s most prestigious literary prize The Miles Franklin for her latest book The Yield. Tara started writing at 17 and moved to Paris at 21, with her young daughter Lila, where she met her husband Arnaud. Today they all live in the French countryside, which sounds idyllic (but so is the Gong!).

The Yield tells the story of August Gondiwindi returning to her home on Massacre Plains in Wiradjuri country for her grandfather’s funeral as the land around them is about to be taken over by a mining company. A third of the book is devoted to a Wiradjuri dictionary her pop is working on that both rescues his people’s language and tells their story. Tara didn’t grow up speaking Wiradjuri, but what she has learned about the words of her country, from dhalbu (sap of trees) to nadhadirrambanhi (war), has taught her much more than the language of her people.

To listen to Tara talk about her life, learning language for her book, and the labour of love that is novel writing (she spent the last year writing The Yield in her pyjamas!), tune into this free ABC podcast here.

GO Scholars – Going Places

A big shout out to artist and GO Scholar Coda Ridley.  Coda, has entered her stunning Aboriginal lizard painting in the Staedtler Art Competition, and she would really appreciate your vote to help her win the People’s Choice Award. It takes two seconds to vote, I’ve done it!  You can check out her masterpiece and vote for Coda’s painting here. Be quick, voting closes midnight on Wednesday 5 August – GO Coda!

Click here to vote for Coda's painting

Congratulations to GO Alumni Noah Albany who officially started his new role as paralegal at Soto Chambers in July. Noah was warmly welcomed by the Soto Chambers team acknowledging his time as a GO scholar, his natural mentoring ability and his passion for Indigenous rights.  Noah is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws/Arts student at NSW, and now one step closer to his goal of being admitted as a solicitor in 2022. 👍🏾👏🏾👌🏾

Bathtub Ballet – Swan Lake

Spoiler Alert. Swan Lake Bath Ballet is not our Sydney Swans hitting the surf after a game of footy, but it’s poetry in motion just the same.  Cooped up at home, ballet dancers from around the world have performed Swan Lake in their own bathtubs, recording scenes on their smartphones. With feathers flying and water everywhere, dancers clipped smartphones to shower heads, used broom handles, a toilet plunger, books and Velcro in order to hit record. The Australian Ballet’s Karina Arimura was joined by dancers in the UK, US, France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand.  Even if you’re not a big fan of the pirouette, you’ll love this 3-minute video, with incredible ideas for your next video assignment! You can watch Swan Lake Bath Ballet here.

Absec – Tomorrow’s Generation Competition

Absec is inviting students under 18 to enter its Tomorrow’s Generation Competition as our #EldersOfTomorrow.  The competition is to celebrate #Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day reflecting this year’s theme: We are the elders of tomorrow, hear our voice.  To enter, submit a video or written entry about something handed down to you by a community elder that’s had a significant impact on you.  You can rap, sing, dance, recite a monologue or write a story or poem about it.  You have until 9 August to get your entries in and there are ten $100 gift cards to be won.  The details on Absec’s website here, and on the Facebook page.