To  “have a yarn” meaning to “have a chat” has been a part of Australian slang for a long time. Put very simply, Yarning is about building respectful relationships.

~ Greg Dodge

What is a Yarn Up, you ask?


“Let’s get in and have a good Yarn Up“, says Uncle Alan C. Parsons to us regularly.

We are looking for writers and creative people who can share a good yarn with each other. To “Yarn Up” is also a slang word used by our Australian First Nations people.

The use of a yarning circle (or dialogue circle) is an important process within Aboriginal culture and Torres Strait Islander culture. A yarning circle is somewhere stories and knowledge can be shared in a relaxed and comfortable place. The yarning circle has been used by Indigenous peoples from around the world for centuries to learn from a collective group, build respectful relationships, and to preserve and pass on cultural knowledge. The articles below are all focussed on stories, poems and a range of medium (film, stories etc) to help us build up our respect by having a Yarn Up with one another in a respectful Australian and Homo Sapien way. We would love your contribution in writing or poems that are about your experiences, thoughts and ideas to a Healing and Unification for all Australians. Use this as a free educational resource, or engage with us by yarning with your comments at the bottom of each article. If you would like to creative collaborate or contribute with a Yarn Up, please contact us here.

Aussie Fifty Dollar Note

Poem written by Greg Dodge There’s something very special about this true Aussie legend that I’m about to share,He led such an exceptional life, spanning ninety-five long years, for his people even today, that was very rare. He was born in South Australia of the Ngarrindjeripeople in 1872, Where he was acknowledged at such a…
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Healing the Past

These series of videos below are worth watching to get a perspective of what has occurred to the people of this land prior to the European (Portugese, Dutch, French and British) and Asian visits. Generational trauma caused by colonisation is what we all must today have a deeper understanding (and respect) of so we can…
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Australianitus

Poem written and spoken by Greg Dodge  Inspired by Rupert McCalls “Green and Gold Malaria” The hour would soon arrive when I could no longer ignore the pain. I was obviously hurting, so I went to visit Doctor Lane. This regular appointment would adjudicate my fate. I walked into his room and I gave it…
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My Mate Dusty

It was purely by accident that we met that day, strolling down Boundary Street.He was a little unkempt, asking people for money, with no shoes upon his feet.I approached him and asked him if he’d like coffee and cake instead.‘Yes my friend’, he replied, ‘but could I change that to a coke and chicken in…
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