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Book Launch for 'Shades of Me' by author Mel Brown

Magpie Books and Pink Sky are delighted to invite you to meet the author Mel Brown. Mel will be talking about her new book ‘Shades of me’ on 24/7/2024 at Uniting Church Hall, 5 Trafalgar Street, Woolgoolga. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.  This is a free event.

Mel's book and a selection of her other publications will be available for purchase at the event.

Shades of Me follows Mel's journey as she redefines who she is & how she sees her place in the world. Melinda Brown (Ngunnawal woman) shares the story of discovering her heritage and how the journey to understand her culture gave her the strength to find her place in the world.

Growing up white, Mel always felt that there was another shade to her soul.

Despite an early life marred by moments of sheer despair and the agony of domestic violence, somehow Mel found the strength to survive. Then, as a young mother, she unlocked her ancestry's

secrets without realising the challenges that came with identifying as Aboriginal in Australia.

Shades of Me follows Mel's journey as she redefines who she is and how she sees her place in the world. As Aboriginal families are being torn apart, this is a story of one woman's fight to keep them

together – one family at a time. And in helping others, finds her true path in life.

Mel's memoir is not just one of black or white or even a single shade in between: as she has discovered in her work for the community, everyone's story is different; hers is simply Shades of Me.

About the author

Mel Brown is an accomplished author, artist and clairvoyant who has written and illustrated many popular spiritual titles. Mel has a Masters in Indigenous Healing and Trauma from the Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, and many years’ experience of working with children at risk. Acclaimed for her expertise in cultural competency and lateral violence both nationally and internationally, she draws on her personal and professional experience to work with families and organisations ensuring Aboriginal children who are unable to live at home are not excluded from cultural connection to their families.

Mel is a former manager of the Aboriginal Child Protection Unit. She has spent over 20 years providing Aboriginal counselling, spiritual healing and well-being programmes for Aboriginal communities across Australia.

Mel was recognised for her work with Aboriginal families, and was awarded an ACT Public Service Award for the ‘Most Improved Services to Aboriginal Children and Families in the ACT’, by the ACT Chief Minister, and in 2011, NSW Industry & Investment recognised Mel as one of the Top 3 Aboriginal business women in NSW.

Mel lives in Northern NSW.

To book your place for the event click on this link.

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