Nginingawila Ngirramini

Author Students from Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrar, Anita Heiss and Pamela Freeman

Publisher Hachette Australia

Genre Australian non-fiction

Developed as part of ILF’s Create Initiative, a literacy-based workshop program that aims to improve literacy skills of young Indigenous girls.

Nginingawila Ngirramini – Tiwi language for ‘Our Story’ – is a celebration of pride and a window into the lives of nine talented, intelligent and funny teenage girls from the Tiwi Islands.


In this collection of inspiring pieces, the girls share stories about their heroes, their sacred places and the happiest moments of their lives. With an introduction by Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador Dr Anita Heiss and author Dr Pamela Freeman, Nginingawila Ngirramini was created in Sydney as part of the ILF s Create Initiative, a workshop program to improve literacy.

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Students: Bobette Joran, Rina Moreen, Sharna Austral, Jess Stassi, Shania Puruntatameri, Ella Moreen, Sherayne Puruntatameri, Jasmine Brooks and Angelita Tipungwuti.



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