Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Writers Centre is based at the State Library of Queensland on Kuripa Point in South Brisbane.  Named after the native water rat (kuril), Kurilpa Point has a significant history as an important meeting place for the traditional owners, the Turrbul and Jagera peoples.  We respectfully acknowledge Elders past and present.

Beneath the Southern Cross
and the canopy of the rainforest along the riverbank,
the kuril, which still survives here,
dug out its nest, and left its tracks.

They looked out over the river,
the ripples on its surface stirred by the wind and tidal surge,
and the fish swimming in the water

Lilla Watson, 2006