Raised on ancestral Country of the Wakka Wakka and also proudly Gooreng Gooreng, Sandra is a mother and grandmother. Professionally, Sandra leads cultural change as Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) in Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. In 2016, Sandra won the Johnno Award for outstanding contribution to writing in Queensland, after a long career in editing and publishing with Magabala Books, UQP, ASP, and freelancing. Sandra now publishes in diverse outlets, her formal qualifications are in the social sciences and creative industries, her worldview is Aboriginal, and in the simplest terms, she joins dots and makes things happen.
Ngaire Jarro (nee Huggins) is from Bidjara/Birri Gubba Juru nations. Born in Ayr, North Queensland, she grew up in a close-knit family in Brisbane nurtured by their strong mother Rita. Ngaire lives at The Gap, Brisbane with her husband Rodney. She is the proud mother of three boys and two grandchildren. Ngaire graduated with a double degree in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher for 26 years. She loves teaching and sharing her Aboriginal culture with students with a strong belief that sharing stories in early years of schooling will not only educate future generations but provide a more inclusive society for all.
Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is Bidjara and Birri Gubba Juru. She is an historian and author and has worked many years in Aboriginal affairs across numerous areas. Her first book is Auntie Rita published in 1994 and her next book Jack of Hearts: QX11594 will be published in 2022.