Aunty Barbara Nicholson is a Wadi Wadi Elder from the Illawarra who holds a degree in English

Literature (Newcastle) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (UOW). In 2023 Aunty Barb was the recipient of the First Nations Australia Writing Network's lifetime achievement award. She initiated the Ngana

Barangarai (Black Wallaby) project which collects and publishes writing from First Australian inmates in Junee Jail for the last 12 years. The Anthology Dreaming Inside: Voices from Junee Correctional Centre is a unique collection of the authentic voices of its contributors.