Longlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize

Songspirals – Gay’wu Group of Women

Nonfiction · Allen & Unwin


About the book

“This generous, rich narrative helps readers slow down and open up to deep learning.”

– 2020 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Gay’wu Group of Women

Gay’wu Group of Women is the “dilly bag women’s group”, a deep collaboration between five Yolngu women and three non-Aboriginal women over a decade. They are all co-authors of Weaving Lives Together at Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land and a book for young adults, Welcome to My Country.

Further Reading


“Songspirals are Life. These are cultural words from wise women. As an Aboriginal woman this is profound to learn. As a human being Songspirals is an absolute privilege to read.” – Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet, as referenced in Readings.

“To read Songspirals is to change the way you see, think and feel this country.” Clare Wright, Sydney Morning Herald snippet review.


Watch the ‘Songspirals: Sharing women’s wisdom of Country through songlines’ Book Launch address at the 2019 Garma Festival.

Read this article for further information about Gay’wu Group of Women, the co-authors of Song Spirals.

Judges’ report

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