A Story to Tell

UWA Publishing
Laurel Nannup
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In A Story to Tell, artist Laurel Nannup brings to life her childhood in a large Aboriginal family.

While her stories include a time spent at the Wandering Mission, their main focus is on memories of family life: picnics, roaming through the bush, sharing campfire tales, and events such as buying a new dress and her first communion.

A Story to Tell is illustrated with Laurel’s striking woodcuts and etchings, which, together with a selection of photographs, complement the warm and affectionate humour of her story.

'These stories are of my experiences as a young child and a teenager. I feel I need to leave some stories behind.' – Laurel Nannup

Contributor Bio

Laurel Nannup was born in Carrolup, Western Australia in 1943. She completed postgraduate studies at Curtin University of Technology (now Curtin University) Perth, in 2001 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) in 2000. Laurel has participated in a number of exhibitions including solo exhibition Boodja (country), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2005); Nyungar, Moores building, Fremantle (2003); and Shell Print Awards, Fremantle Arts Centre (2002). Laurel has also been the recipient of a number of public and private commissions. Most recently, a collection of Laurel’s artworks are being exhibited at the State Library of Western Australia (2023). The exhibition is titled: Laurel Nannup: What Road Are You Going To Take? after Laurel’s 2001 artwork of the same name.