by Andrew Kelly, illustrated by Mark Jackson and Heather Potter
Little Lon is a picture book that scrapes back the layers of history to show how people lived and worked in a post settlement Australian city. Behind the grand buildings of the big streets was Little Lon. A working-class district of little houses and narrow lanes, bursting with life and the stories of the people who lived there. The poor of the time are not often celebrated in traditional histories, but Little Lon shows us something of the way people really lived.
In this stunning picture book beautifully given form by Indigenous artist Lisa Kennedy, respected Elder Aunty Joy Murphy and Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly tell the story of one day in the life of the vital, flourishing Birrarung (Yarra river).
Wilam is published by Black Dog Books, and is an ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.