Lorrae Coffin is a descendant of the Nyiyaparli and Yindijibarndi people of the Pilbara in Western Australia. She is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer–songwriter and a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Marrugeku Company, a leader in intercultural dance theatre. She is recognised throughout Australia for her knowledge of the Indigenous Arts Music Industry.
Lorrae’s debut book, Free Diving, is a poignant tribute to the Aboriginal men and women who worked in the Western Australian pearling industry as free divers in the late nineteenth century.
Free Diving’s fictionalised lyrical narrative is based on Lorrae’s celebrated song of the same name. The book is a reflection on the emotional journey of a young man who leaves family and country to work on a pearl lugger, alongside Japanese and Malay divers. Illustrated by Bronwyn Houston, the book is a deep-sea celebration, equally illuminating the glory of the ocean and the extreme dangers encountered by free divers.