Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall

Stories from the Billabong

Written by James Vance Marshall
Illustrated by Francis Firebrace


Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall

Ten of Australia's ancient aboriginal legends, authentically and elegantly retold and illustrated by one of the most well-known artists working in the tradition. Discover how Great Mother Snake created and peopled the world with plants and creatures, what makes Frogs croak, why Kangaroo has a pouch, and just what it is that makes Platypus so special in this impressive collection of illustrated aboriginal legends. With stunning vibrant artwork from aboriginal artist and storyteller Francis Firebrace, whose distinctive, colourful work is known throughout Australia and beyond.


A book that will be enjoyed for its educational value and for the delightful re-telling of its age-old tales. || A book to respect and treasure which offers fascinating insight into the most ancient of cultures. It can be enjoyed on a variety of levels from its wonderful storytelling to an appreciation of the symbolic illustrations and thus used in various ways too. A rich resource indeed.

About the Author

Francis Firebrace is a 'Wirrigan man', a name given to a wise Aboriginal elder whose songs, including traditional didgeridoo, retell the old stories and speak of freeing the spirit. He is one of Australia's foremost Aboriginal storytellers who has been 'yarning' since he can't remember when and performing at schools, festivals and theatres. He is also a highly respected artist whose works have been displayed throughout the world. He paints in the four colours his people (the Yorta Yorta) have used since the beginning of time: black from fire coals, white from pipe clay, red and yellow from ground ochre, and he mixes these with acrylic to achieve his own distinctive, contemporary effect. Francis lives in Weybridge, Surrey. James Vance Marshall is also published under the names Ian Cameron and Donald Payne. His most famous book, Walkabout, was first published as The Children, and was later made into a movie by the director Nicholas Roeg. His other books include A River Ran Out of Eden, The Lost Ones (dramatised by Disney as The Island at the Top of the World) and White-Out. He lives in Dorking, Surrey

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64 pages


James Vance Marshall
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th August 2010



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