Three Magpies Perched in a Tree is the first story in AN INDIGENOUS TRILOGY by Glenn Shea.

An Aboriginal man from the stolen generation is working in his Aboriginal community as a front-line juvenile justice worker, he comes into contact with many Aboriginal adolescent young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This story is about how the issues impact not only the young person but their friends, their family, their community, the society they live in and ultimately the Aboriginal worker who is trying to support them.

  • indigenous
  • 0
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Peter, Peta and Peter

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EXTRACT: I came here from another place, Tho’ I know it like the back of my hand. I have lived and seen the world, travelling a lonely road. Father, I have been many things, tho’ at times I did not know who I was. I have lived in the depths of hell fighting demons, too many to count. So I wake in the morning and accept the challenge of a new day, not knowing what it will bring.


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EXTRACT: One thing that doesn’t surprise me are the predators out there, lurking in the shadows for the vulnerable young lost in their desolate world. Some children can’t see the light for the darkness. They see a world of chaos and wolves drooling at the lips. All it takes is one person to change the lives of so many.

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