We spoke to Marlee Silva, Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti peoples of New South Wales, and author of My Tidda, My Sister: Stories From Australia’s First Women about her work, the lessons she has learnt from her Aboriginal sisters, and how her body wears her story.
Tell us about yourself and what you do
Yaama! That’s how you say hello in my people’s language, I am a proud Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti peoples of NSW.
I’m very lucky to be able to say I do a lot of varied work, that I absolutely love – but which ultimately makes giving myself a single job title very difficult! So while I’m a published author, a consultant, a podcaster, someone who spends a lot of their time public speaking at events and a whole bunch of other things, I’m finding myself feeling like ‘storyteller’ is the best way to capture it. The kinds of stories I tell are often about being a woman, being an Aboriginal woman more specifically and working in the creative space.