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Ros Moriarty Books
Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women’s issues and the environment, has spent most of her professional life as managing director of Australia’s leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with husband John Moriarty in 1983. Balarinji is best known for covering Qantas 747 aircraft in Indigenous art. During 27 years of delivering groundbreaking projects, including the Emu Dreaming tutu for the Australian Ballet’s 40th birthday and the Hands across the Land poster for the 2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation, the company has fostered the careers of a large number of Indigenous artists and designers from all over Australia, and returned royalties to NT artists since 1995. Ros Moriarty is the author of an acclaimed memoir, Listening to Country, and founder of a non-profit organisation, Indi Kindi, supporting pre-literacy education.


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Colouring Country - An Australian Dreamtime Colouring book by Ros MoriartyCOLOURING COUNTRY
An Australian Dreamtime Colouring Book

An all-ages colouring-in book based on Australian Indigenous artworks from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive.

Colouring Country is an art therapy book with a difference. It features 42 full-colour reproductions of superb Indigenous Australian artworks, each with a colouring template and a description of its story and cultural context from the Dreamtime.

The rhythm and motifs of Aboriginal artworks illustrate life in balance with the majesty of nature. They represent the joyful visual language of the world’s oldest continuing culture. The works in Colouring Country are from the Balarinji Art & Design Archive, an iconic collection of art, design and objects created by Sydney-based design studio, Balarinji. Ros Moriarty and John Moriarty established Balarinji in 1983; since then it has become recognised worldwide for covering Qantas aircraft in Aboriginal designs. The Archive is held by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.


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LISTENING TO COUNTRY
The moving and personal story of one woman’s journey into the remote and rugged Tanami Desert with the matriarchs of her husband’s family.

Shortlisted for both The Age Book of the Year and The Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award.

‘This big land, Australia. It’s big enough for everyone!’ calls Annie Karrakayn across the pre-dawn campfire to the other Law women stirring from the perfect quiet of a still, desert night. ‘Strong Dreamin’ ‘ she whispers.

So begins the intimate diary of Ros Moriarty, a white woman married to an Aboriginal man, as she takes an emotional journey across country and culture to the Northern Territory’s Tanami Desert with Annie and the other matriarchs of her husband’s Aboriginal family to perform ceremony. Interwoven with her desert journal are personal and family stories of black and white Australia – from the shameful and painful to the ordinary and everyday, to the glorious and awe-inspiring – illuminating the deep connection humanity shares, regardless of race and place.

Full of warmth and honesty, Listening to Country opens a rare and vivid window to the voices, humour and strength of these remarkable Law women of the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. It reveals the human relationships and philosophical insights which enable them to transcend the heartbreaking material poverty, illness and increasing violence of their community, to live life with astonishing happiness and purpose.

Listening to Country is an uplifting tribute to them and a celebration of love, family and belonging.


SPLOSH FOR THE BILLABONG
A lyrical book which revels in all things swirly and squelchy, and explores northern Australian animals and landscapes as well as indigenous art.

Splosh for the billabong at shady bend of river. Brush for the flowers that burst in summer heat.

A glorious celebration of country, animals and painting, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia’s leading Indigenous design studio.

Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education.


SUMMER RAIN
A lyrical book about one day during the wet season that celebrates in glorious colour the animals and landscapes of northern Australia with a nod to indigenous art.

‘First, the land wakes in morning light. Turtles crawl and lizards creep. But then – rain splatters on dusty ground and everything comes alive!

A joyous serenade of northern Australian animals and landscapes in the rainy season, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia’s leading Indigenous design studio.

Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education.



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TEN SCARED FISH
Simple, intelligent, bright and cheerful, this early childhood concept book introduces animals and numbers and celebrates indigenous art in a joyous, non-didactic and playful way.

Ten Scared Fish is an animal counting book with a difference. Following the river to the sea, the reader meets and counts the animals until finally ten little fish meet a big scary shark! Bold illustrations and a delightfully playful text help readers familiarise themselves with prepositions as well as animals and numbers.


KANGAROOS HOP
Simple, intelligent, bright and cheerful, this early childhood concept book introduces animal names and verbs and celebrates Indigenous art in a joyous, non-didactic and playful way.

Kangaroos Hop helps children identify favourite Australian animals in the Australian landscape. The kangaroos hop, the butterflies fly, the echidnas shuffle across the land and down to the water’s edge where a sleepy crocodile lies. Shhhh! The lively illustrations and cumulative text help readers identify animals as well as verbs.