"Aunty's Wedding" by Miranda Tapsell & Joshua Tyler. Illustrated by Samantha Fry

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A Tiwi-Island girl prepares for Aunty's wedding with help from her maningawu in this vibrant picture book by the popular actor and writers of Top End Wedding and the highly acclaimed illustrator of Alfred's War.

Everyone on the island is getting ready for Aunty's wedding. Maningawu puts on her best hat and I can wear a wurrijinga in my hair. Lucky! We all dress up, but I still don't understand. Why do people have a wedding?

A warm family story that celebrates love and culture from actor, activist, writer and Australian sweetheart, Miranda Tapsell, and Joshua Tyler, co-writer of Top End Wedding, lushly illustrated by Samantha Fry.

About the Authors

Miranda Tapsell was born in Darwin and her people are the Larrakia and the Tiwi. She grew up in Kakadu National Park and shot to fame after her role in the film The Sapphires. Miranda is also known for her work on the TV shows Love Child, Cleverman and Wolf Creek, among others. She co-wrote, produced and starred in the box office hit Top End Wedding.

Joshua Tyler grew up in the Barossa Valley, on Peramangk country. He is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and actor. Joshua co-wrote Top End Wedding with Miranda Tapsell and has written for a number of children's TV shows including Tashi and 100% Wolf. He currently lives on a hobby farm in rural Victoria with his wife, two kids and lots of native animals.

Samantha Fry grew up in the Northern Territory and lives in Darwin. She is descended from the Dagoman people from Katherine and as a child lived in remote communities across the Top End. Her first book, Alfred's War, written by Rachel Bin Salleh, was short-listed for the Premier's Literary Awards and the Speech Pathology Awards.


"I purchased Aunty’s Wedding (by Miranda Tapsell and Joshua Tyler) from Koori Curriculum last week, and read it to our pre-schoolers this morning- they loved it! They were all trying to practice how to say the words in Tiwi language and commented that the words sound different to Darug language.

I chose Aunty’s Wedding as we have limited resources to represent Torres Strait Islander perspectives, although we have many Aboriginal resources.

I talked with the children about where the Tiwi Islands were, then we looked at the globe to see them just off the mainland, and discussed how Torres Strait Islanders are also our First Nations People."

Tessa McGavock


ISBN: 9781760524838
ISBN-10: 1760524832
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st September 2020
Publisher: A&U Children's
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 25.4  x 0.25
Weight (kg): 0.34