Author(s): Ros Moriarty
'First . the land wakes in morning light. Turtles crawl and lizards creep. But then - rain splatters on dusty ground and everything comes alive!..A joyous serenade of northern Australian animals and landscapes in the rainy season, illustrated by Balarinji, Australia's leading Indigenous design studio...Ros Moriarty, author of the acclaimed memoir Listening to Country, is also the founder of Indi Kindi early literacy education...
Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women's issues and the environment, has spent most of her professional life as managing director of Australia's leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with husband John Moriarty in 1983. Balarinji is best known for covering Qantas 747 aircraft in Indigenous art. During 27 years of delivering groundbreaking projects, including the Emu Dreaming tutu for the Australian Ballet's 40th birthday and the Hands across the Land poster for the 2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation, the company has fostered the careers of a large number of Indigenous artists and designers from all over Australia, and continuously returned royalties to NT artists since 1995. Ros Moriarty is the author of an acclaimed memoir, Listening to Country, the children's picture books Ten Scared Fish and Kangaroos Hop, and founder of a non-profit organisation, Indi Kindi, supporting pre-literacy education.