NARDI SIMPSON

Official Website of Yuwaalaraay storymaker

 

DEBUT NOVEL

 

Winner of the 2018 Black&Write Fellowship

 RELEASED 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

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SONG OF THE CROCODILE

"Darnmoor, The Gateway to Happiness. You feel some sense of achievement; that you have reached a destination in the very least. Yet, as the sign states, Darnmoor is merely the measure, a mark, a point on the road you begin to move closer to where you really want to be. Darnmoor itself is nothing."
Darnmoor is the home of the Billymil family, three generations who have lived in this 'gateway town'. Race relations between Indigenous and settler families are fraught, though the rigid status quo is upheld through threats and soft power rather than the overt violence of yesteryear.
As progress marches forwards, Darnmoor and its surrounds undergo rapid social and environmental changes, but as some things change, some stay exactly the same. The Billymil family are watched (and sometimes visited) by ancestral spirits and spirits of the recently deceased, who look out for their descendants and attempt to help them on the right path.
When the town's secrets start to be uncovered the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence. Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen to it.

LATEST NEWS 

Song of the Crocodile has been shortlisted in the Debut Novel category for the 2021 Indie Book Awards. Further info is available here.
Song of the Crocodile has also been selected as on of Booktopia's Best Books of 2020. Read more about the list here.
Keep your eye out in the news and events page of the website for further exciting news regarding upcoming writers festivals in 2021.

IN THE PRESS

Rich, complex characters who’ll stay in your thoughts long after you’ve closed the book, a gripping story that moves effortlessly through time and space, and a voice suffused with music and warmth. SONG OF THE CROCODILE is a moving, wise, deeply rewarding novel from an astonishing writer.

Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen to it.

 A beautifully written and moving novel. 

EMILY MAGUIRE,

AUTHOR OF AN INSOLATED INCIDENT

HACHETTE AUSTRALIA

GOOD READING

 

BIO

Image by L.Simpson

Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay storyteller and performer living in Sydney. Her early music training at the Eora Centre of Aboriginal Studies, Visual and Performing Arts in Redfern, Sydney saw her begin a career as a musician, songwriter and performer with vocal duo Stiff Gins, travelling both nationally and internationally for twenty-one years and releasing three albums during that time.

Nardi's writing journey in 2014 participating in Indigenous Writers’ Mentorship Programs with Writing NSW and FATSIL Young Indigenous Writers Initiative. In 2016 , as part of Liveworks Festival, Nardi co-wrote and performed in the theatre work ‘Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects.’

In 2018 Nardi received the State Library of QLD’s Blak&Write Indigenous Fellowship and began refining what was to become her debut novel 'Song of the Crocodile'. In 2019 Nardi wrote and premiered her debut play ‘'Black Drop Effect,’ for the 2020 Sydney Festival. In early October 2020, 'Song of the Crocodile' will be released with Hatchette Australia.

 

Nardi continues to perform with Stiff Gins, works with student ensembles and directs cross-cultural choir Barayagal at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently undertaking a PhD with the ANU School of Music. Heavily involved in the making and sharing of culture in both her Sydney and Yuwaalaraay communities, Nardi lives in Sydney with her partner and teenage son.

 
 

EVENTS

Perth Writers Festival

Virtual Event- Downstairs at the Maj

Saturday 20th Feburary 2021

4PM AWST (WA)

7PM AEDT (NSW)

Noongar Country

Adelaide Writers' Week

Poetry Reading

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

With Julie Janson, Jessie Tu and Geoff Goodfellow, chaired by Peter Rose

West Stage at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden

5PM ACDT

Kaurna Country

 

Twilight Talk- Unstable Ground

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

With Randa Abdel-Fattah, Robbie Arnott, Durkhanai Ayubi, Geoff Goodfellow, Andrew Kwong, Mirandi Riwoe, hosted by Jo Dyer

East Stage at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden

6:30PM ACDT 

Kaurna Country

 

The Porous Present: Love Life and Legacies

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

With Karen Wyld, Chaired by Natalie Harkin

West Stage at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden

2:30PM ACDT

Kaurna Country

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance

Thursday 4th March 2021

With Gabrielle Chan and Clare Wright, chaired by Ashley Hay

West Stage at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden

3:45PM ACDT

Kaurna Country

Future Women - Hachette International Women's Day Author Panel

Monday 8th March 2021

With Lousie Milligan and Daisy Jeffrey, hosted by Jamila Rizvi

Art Gallery of NSW

6-7:30PM AEST

Gadigal Country

Newcastle Writers Festival

April 2021

Brisbane Writers Festival

May 2021

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