Jim Everett – puralia meenamatta was born at Flinders Island, Tasmania in 1942. He is from the clan plangermairreenner of the Ben Lomond people, a clan of the Cape Portland nation in North-east Tasmania. Jim left primary school at 14 years to start work. His fifty-eight years of working life includes 15 years at sea as a fisherman and merchant seaman, and over 40 years formal involvement in the Aboriginal Struggle. Jim has a long history in the public service in Aboriginal Affairs, and has travelled Australia visiting many remote Aboriginal communities. Jim began writing poetry at an early age. He wrote his first play, We Are Survivors, in 1984. His written works now include plays, political and academic papers and short stories. He is published in 10 major anthologies. Jim’s other work includes television documentary, educational video and theatre production. Jim is continuing a collaborative discussion with Jonathan Kimberley, a non-Aboriginal painter, taking their work to Italy in 2009. Jim lives in Cape Barren Island writing and maintaining involvement in cultural arts nationally.