Author Talk: Rising Heart
In conversation with Aminata Conteh-Biger & Nicole Abadee
As a teenager, Aminata Conteh-Biger became a casualty of the Sierra Leone civil war. Kidnapped by rebel forces and later released, Aminata was granted refugee status by Australia, making her the first Sierra Leonean refugee woman in the country. Since her arrival here, she has forged an incredible life as a performer, wife, mother and now author. The Aminata Maternal Foundation she founded supports and empowers women and children in Sierra Leone. Taken from the pages of her autobiography Rising Heart, hear Aminata’s story in conversation with literary critic Nicole Abadee.
This talk is presented as part of the National Biography Award.
Aminata Conteh-Biger is a speaker, performer and the founder of The Aminata Maternal Foundation. As a teenager, Aminata was kidnapped, torn from her father’s hands by rebel soldiers during the Sierra Leone civil war. Held captive for months and subjected to horrors, Aminata was freed as part of a negotiated prisoner exchange, released in return for food and medicine. Following her release, Aminata became one of the first Sierra Leonean refugees to be settled in Australia. She is now a wife and mother, dedicating her life to the work of the Foundation. Her memoir, Rising Heart, with Juliet Rieden, tells her awe-inspiring story in full for the first time.
Nicole Abadee is an author, festival moderator, podcaster and literary consultant. Nicole currently writes about books and other things for Good Weekend. Her new podcast series Books, Books, Books is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.