sugarmill Road cover

The cover artwork was painted by
Iraqi artist Towfiq Alqudy

– a tribute to the ‘the Flower project’ of 2002 triggered by the question of a little girl being held in the desert-bound Woomera Detention Centre to visiting doctors “Are there no flowers in Australia?”

A small group of Brisbane women got busy and sent the little girl’s question to florists from all over Australia.

The response was swift. A Department of Immigration spokeswoman subsequently noted “flowers were pouring in to all of the detention centres – Villawood, Curtin, Port Hedland in addition to Woomera”.

The little girl’s question was thus answered with a flood of colour.