A story, both intimate and international, of the relationships between extraordinary people in Brisbane, Australia –– the poet and Indigenous activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal (formerly known as Kath Walker), and the family of Sir Raphael & Lady Phillis Cilento.

Author Ross Wilson (a documentary producer and writer) unfolds a rich and vivid narrative that includes people working across the 20th century in medicine, arts & literature, law & politics, dance & theatre.

This story could only be told with the permission and support of member of both families, and their friends.

This Accidental Present will give readers a new appreciation of Oodgeroo’s creative genius, as her lyrical writing emerges from the many paths her life took.