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Untapped Outback Talent

Untapped Outback Talent

Love sports? Maybe you play it, or watch it, or love reading about it- like I do? Maybe you have a young reader in your life who loves watching and playing and reading about sports too? This week I wanted... More

Hooking Disengaged Readers

Hooking Disengaged Readers

This week I wanted to chat about engaging disengaged readers. Those kids that stare out the window during free reading time, the ones who play up during DEAR time, the students who fiddle on the shared reading mat, the ones... More

Preparing for NAIDOC Week

Preparing for NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week ‘Keep the Fire Burning: Blak, loud and proud’ is 7-14th July 2024. Keep the Fire Burning: Blak, Loud & Proud shows “the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to... More

Diversified your bookshelf

Diversified your bookshelf

May 22, 2024

In this blog post I’m going to chat about diversifying your bookshelf at home, school or libraries. As a kid I didn’t really see myself in the books in my classroom. They were European fairytales or the golden books or... More

My favourite books

My favourite books

May 16, 2024

One of the common questions I get is ‘What are your favourite books?”. I love sports books, biographies and autobiographies, non-fiction, comics or graphic novels. Topics kind of reflected in my writing as well so far! But growing up books... More

Books: Old and New

Books: Old and New

May 9, 2024

I’m Carl, a Jaru and Gija educator, sports coach and award-winning author from Halls Creek in the Kimberley. I have worked as an Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) for over 20 years and I am a trained Youth Worker. This experience means... More

Re-introducing me: Carl Merrison

Re-introducing me: Carl Merrison

I’m Carl Merrison. A Jaru and Gija author from Halls Creek in the Kimberley WA. I am also an experienced Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) and sports coach. Growing up in an isolated, remote outback town shaped my life- from my... More

Diversify your Bookshelf

Diversify your Bookshelf

March 25, 2024

I recently participated in a Yarn and Learn webinar through Riley Callie Resources with Jade Goodwin, Elise Ellerman (Reading Opens Doors) to discuss diversity and First Nations representation in books. A topic I feel strongly about. I grew up in... More

The many jobs of author Carl Merrison

The many jobs of author Carl Merrison

Carl Merrison is an award-winning Jaru/Gija childrens, middle reader and YA author from Halls Creek in the Kimberley WA. But did you know he has worked in many different roles across his life? Let’s find out more! Hi you mob, what... More

Wave Hill Station Walk Off

Wave Hill Station Walk Off

Growing up in the East Kimberley, with family links to Vincent Lingiari, the Wave Hill Walk Off is not only of national importance, but personal importance. This week we celebrate the anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off which started... More