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Ellie Laing, Adam Goodes and David Hardy
Ellie Laing, Adam Goodes and David Hardy. Image: Alex Vaughan, 2021

Somebody's Land: Artist Talk

with Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing and David Hardy

Join Adam, Ellie and David for an exciting talk about this new work, looking at their inspirations for developing this book, their creative process and their journeys as storytellers. 

"This book is a reflection of me. I’m incredibly hopeful. I choose to be positive, to help us heal as a nation."

Adam Goodes

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Explore Australia's past

"Welcome to Our Country" is a collaboration between Adnyamathanha and Narungga man Adam Goodes (former Australian Rules footballer, Australian of the Year in 2014 and co-founder of the GO Foundation), political advisor and former journalist Ellie Laing, and Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

The first book in the series, Somebody’s Land was released in Australia on Tuesday 2 November and introduces readers to the term ‘terra nullius’, a Latin term meaning ‘nobody’s land’ – applied to the colonisation of Australia by white settlers. The book invites children and their families to imagine themselves in Australia’s past, to feel the richness of our First Nations’ history, and to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius.

Click here to purchase and learn more about Somebody's Land

Students will have the opportunity to submit pre-recorded questions for this digital talk. All questions are to be submitted to the Sydney Opera House by Wednesday 24 November. Further instructions on how to record and submit a question will be sent to you upon booking.

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Presented by Sydney Opera House and Allen & Unwin.

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