Creating Pathways through Tangled Roots: Poems & Stories


While studying Australian Indigenous literature, Noela McNamara became interested in the interface between cultures in Australia. In her poems and short stories, she blends history with personal experience and imagination to provide poignant insights into life in multicultural Australia. She aims to bring a message of hope to a world that all too easily turns a blind eye to the pain and suffering experienced by others.

Creating Pathways through Tangled Roots is a reminder that our past is part of our present and will become part of our future. The past is encoded not only in the bodies, cultures and lands of its people, but also in the memories, stories, hearts and souls of future generations.

  • Title: Creating Pathways through Tangled Roots: Poems & Stories
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2018
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 138
  • ISBN: 9780648107491

Noela McNamara

Noela McNamara began writing poetry and stories while she was a teenager living on the farming outskirts of Brisbane. She studied literature as a mature-age student, gained several degrees and certificates, and tutored at James Cook University Cairns in English and Indigenous Australian Studies. Now both retired, Noela and her husband share time with their children and twelve grandchildren in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and Canada. A large family with accompanying laughter and tears, as well as umpteen notebooks of “scribblings” squirrelled away over many decades, inspire her lively imagination to continue to create poems and stories.