This is the forgotten story of Australia in the last 200 years, the story of the interaction of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It is about brutality, arrogance, honest misunderstandings, occasional decencies and continuing unresolved problems. In this creative contribution towards. national reconciliation, poet Geoff Page and artist Pooaraar combine their significant talents in an effort to end 'the great forgetting'.
Geoff Page was born in 1940 and grew up on a cattle station beside the Clarence River in northern New South Wales. He has published ten books of poetry, two novels and a book of short stories and poems, and edited two anthologies. He has run the English department at Narrabundah College in Canberra since 1974 and has also been writer-in-residence at several institutions. Bevan Hayward (Pooaraar) was born in 1939 at Gnowangerup in Western Australia where he spent his pre-school days at the United Aborigines Mission. He belongs to the Charnuk tribe; his ancestral line on his father's side is the 'Charnuk' Pooringaar. After primary schooling at Broomehill and many years moving around Australia as an itinerant worker, Pooaraar resumed his formal education in Perth in 1977. He graduated from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art course at Cairns TAFE in 1987, then gained a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) in Printmaking from the Canberra School of Art in 1991. These works are held in the National Collection of the National Museum of Australia.