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“It’s like we’ve each got a piece of the puzzle but Trotter’s got them all and put them into a book.” Lenny Moran, proud Nyangbal man from the Bundjalung Nation.

“I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the sequel.” Kerry Stevenson, retired Head Teacher Science.

About the Author

Steve has taught English and History in High Schools on the Far North Coast of NSW for over 20 years. He operated his own video production business, Pandanus Video Productions in the 1990s. He was a founding member of the Open Slather Film Festival (a festival sponsored by Southern Cross University Union, Ballina District Community Services Association, Pandanus Video Productions and Ballina Youth Services). He became involved in teaching marginalised students in education at this time. He taught video production at TAFE facilitating such programs as Goorie workskills at Ballina TAFE, Kids at Risk at Lismore TAFE, Women Back to Work through Lismore TAFE and Juvenile Justice Lismore TAFE.Steve has has been passionate about Indigenous students and stories since the early 1990s. He worked with Indigenous students at Ballina High school on a number of projects, produced the award winning Indigenous short film, ‘Small Man Hairy Man,’ and the BUNSEP (Bundjalung Stormwater Education Project) DVD with Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore and Casino Shire Councils. More recently, Steve consulted with a group of elders from Ballina to publish his first novel, ‘The Magpie and the Snake,’ (2021) a YA novel that celebrates the culture and the lifestyle of the Nyangbal people, a clan of Bundjalung people, living in Ballina around 1820 on the cusp of British colonisation in the area. He has a picture book, ‘Gawngan and the Marriage Tree,’ which is due for release October and the sequel to his novel ‘The Magpie and the Snake’, ‘Savages,’ which is due out in December 2022.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ Steven Trotter; Second edition (23 October 2021)

Language ‏

‎ English

Paperback ‏

‎ 230 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 0645178403

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-0645178401

Dimensions ‏

‎ 15.24 x 1.32 x 22.86 cm

2 reviews for The Magpie and the Snake: A Modern Dreamtime Story: 1   Import  Single ASIN  Import  Multiple ASIN ×Product customization

  1. Gaz Shearman

    A timeless story of love, jealousy, family ties and pride, all told within the context of Aboriginal people at the time of European colonisation. The attention to detail of the environment and culture of the day is what really brings this story to life. There aren’t enough stores told from this perspective and I think this will become an important book in Australia’s growth as a nation.

  2. David Lowe

    This is an ambitious book with one foot in history and one in legend. It tells a very human story with lively characters and plenty of action about a time and place few writers have tackled, although the central love story is an ancient one. Well worth a look for anyone interested in the Northern Rivers of NSW Australia, especially the country around modern day Ballina.

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