Dark Secrets: After Dreaming (AD) 1887-1961

A6 32pp ISBN 978-0-9807718-1-7


Dark Secrets was WINNER OF THE 2010 SCANLON AWARD.

Leane also won the 2010 David Unapion Award.

This is a hard-hitting uncompromising look at white inscription of black history and experience in Australia. Leane’s work is direct, clear-eyed and pulls no punches. Her expression is direct and will certainly bring tears to the eyes of both black and white Australians – though possibly for different reasons. Leane’s is an original voice, informed by her research and by her heart.

About the Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri woman from south-west New South Wales. She is currently employed as a research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). AIATSIS is a premier national multidisciplinary research institution focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. It has a special mission to provide leadership and excellence in undertaking, promoting and facilitating leading edge research in Australian Indigenous Studies and increasing understanding of Indigenous cultures and societies within Australia and internationally.

Jeanine has completed a PhD on twentieth century images and representations of Aboriginal Australians by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal authors in the genre of social realism. She has been a university academic in the area of teacher education and a secondary school teacher of literature and history. Her research interests concern the interface between literature and history, the power of language and representations constructed from a particular cultural standpoint and the role of literature in communicating the consciousness of one particular cultural group of another.

Jeanine’s prose and poetry have been short-listed for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 David Unaipon Award at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.