Alexis Wright Quotes

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English is my language because of the history, and what I try to do - and I did that in 'Carpentaria' in particular - is to write in the way we tell stories and in the voice of our own people and our own way of speaking.
— Alexis Wright

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I see myself as a member of the Waanyi nation in the Gulf of Carpentaria. I'm very proud of that. There are 200 or more Aboriginal nations in Australia. But I'm also Australian - I belong to that country. And I also belong to a writing community that is worldwide. So I suppose I see myself in lots of ways, as well as being a wife and mother.

Alexis Wright

I've never seen myself as a spokesperson. I've always seen myself as a worker and am very grateful for the trust that my own people have given me over the years.

Alexis Wright

It's a really important thing for Aboriginal people to remember how stories are told and the power of stories, and make it an important feature in our world again.

Alexis Wright

My role as a novelist is to explore ideas and imagination, and hopefully that will inspire people from my world to continue dreaming and to believe in dreams.

Alexis Wright

My world has been quite rich in my life, and I've been happy. I've no regrets.

Alexis Wright

No matter what happens to you, you can maintain your own control about what you believe and who you are.

Alexis Wright

That attitude that I wouldn't succeed didn't come from my family; it came from school and then the township we lived in. I wasn't going to settle for that, and my mother warned us not to settle for less, to make the most of our lives.

Alexis Wright

The expectation was I would get married and become a mother and settle down. We didn't have any role models. We saw teachers and doctors and nurses, but I'm not a teacher, and there was no possibility of being a doctor or a nurse. I had to work and find my own way.

Alexis Wright

We have to think big. We have to imagine big, and that's part of the problem. We're letting other people imagine and lead us down what paths they want to take us. Sometimes they're very limited in the way their ideas are constructed. We need to imagine much more broadly. That's the work of a writer, and more writers should look at it.

Alexis Wright

When the world changed, people were different. Towns closed, cities were boarded up, communities abandoned, their governments collapsed. They seemed to have no qualms that were obvious to you or me about walking away from what they called a useless pile of rubbish, and never looking back.

Alexis Wright

English is my language because of the history, and what I try to do - and I did that in 'Carpentaria' in particular - is to write in the way we tell stories and in the voice of our own people and our own way of speaking.

Alexis Wright