Veronica is still affected by the racism and traumatic events she experienced during her ten years in the police. A lifetime of overcoming adversity has given her strength and a passion for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and for abolishing legislations that wrongfully incarcerate her people. Veronica is also an avid campaigner against family violence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody.
With a great gift for storytelling and a wicked sense of humour, Gorrie frankly and movingly explores the impact of racism on her family and her life, the impact of intergenerational trauma resulting from cultural dispossession, and the inevitable difficulties of making her way as an Aboriginal woman in the white-and-male-dominated workplace of the police force. An early draft of Black and Blue was shortlisted for the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Life Writing Award for Aboriginal land Torres Strait Islander Writers. Veronica Heritage-Gorrie’s debut memoir, Black and Blue will be forthcoming published by Scribe Publications. She is passionate and skilled in non-fiction memoir and is excited to extend this to film writing.