the kind press is proud to announce the release of Memories and Elephants: The art of casual racism, a collection of memoir-based essays set against the sociopolitical background of Australian society.
In these essays—written with clarity and compassion by Meaghan Katrak Harris—you’ll explore the intersectionality of Australian culture, classism, racism and identity as the author has lived it.
Drawing on her experiences of being a teenage mother, a member of a large multicultural family, a social worker, and an academic, Meaghan uses powerful personal narrative to illuminate often uncomfortable aspects of our society—the elephants in the room that have been historically downplayed and ignored.
Taking you from memories of country life to the city, from the street to national television, Memories and Elephants invites you to think beyond the dominant narrative of Australian identity.
“What a well written book. The author takes you on a journey that is exhilarating though painful at times. Can’t put it down once you start, leaves your wanting more.”
“Written with clarity and compassion. Memories and Elephants is a book everyone should be exposed to. We are all more than one story.”
Meaghan Katrak Harris is a social worker, academic, consultant and writer. She has a long and diverse social- work background. This includes extensive experience and commitment to working alongside First Nations Peoples, families and communities. When not writing, Meaghan lectures and researches in social work at the University of Sydney and works in private practice across social-work supervision, individual, group work and organisational change. Memories and Elephants: The art of casual racism is her first creative non-fiction book.