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This true story is a frank and revealing account of exceptionally demanding as well as wonderfully rewarding experiences establishing an Aboriginal Art and Craft centre on Elcho Island—situated in the Arafura Sea, off Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.
Set to a backdrop of corruption, relationships and harassment but most significantly the ultimate joy of success and the extraordinary experience of working with the Aboriginal artists.
Taken from her hand-written journal, the narrative portrays many cross cultural challenges as well as the personal struggles of a single white woman trying to survive in a remote Australian Aboriginal community.
This is the first, and to date the only account to have been published, of behind the scenes at an Aboriginal Art Centre.
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WHITE WOMAN BLACK ART has been accessioned into research libraries at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art as well as many other State and Public Libraries throughout the country.
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WISHES THAT CAME TRUE a short story about overcoming an Alzheimer diagnosis. Published in Seniors' Stories 2015 Please see page 87
Irena Dobrijevich reading at Recital Hall, Sydney - Story Telling event
On 19 April 1985 Christopher Kevin Hatfield was murdered in the lounge room of his Sydney home.
Fifteen years later, Irena's estranged lover went to the police with the allegation that she had confessed her guilt to him. Irena Hatfield was charged with first degree murder. After a high profile trial that saw her vilified by the media, a jury of Irena's peers declared her innocent.
A riveting tale of human survival, IRENA shows how just wanting to be loved can get you into serious trouble.
To purchase SECOND EDITION eBook please go to Amazon The original 2002 paperback is out of print, however please go to Dymocks for a PRINT ON DEMAND copy, or for a rare original first edition please email Irena
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Irena takes you on a candid journey through the innocence of her childhood whilst growing up in Mt Druitt in the 1950s.
As the daughter of WWII refugee migrants she shares the delights and adventures of her day to day life as well as intimate experiences of time spent at Dalwood home, a Sydney Government-run orphanage as well as Haddon Hall, a small Presbyterian children's home in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
Portrayed through the eyes of a child this story offers a unique and personal insight of life in the outer suburbs of Sydney during the mid twentieth century.