Through the memories of her much-loved grandmother, Mabel Freeman, Fabienne is looking for her family's untold history and Aboriginality. As a young woman, Mabel Freeman made the journey from the lush green coast to the dry red landscape of Coober Pedy where she lived in a dug-out with her opal-hunting lover, Bruno. The juxtaposition of desert and river highlights the incredible distance, both literally and metaphorically, that Mabel, and in turn Fabienne, travelled from their "land" and culture.
Fabienne Bayet-Charlton lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and two children. She holds a degree in Aboriginal and Islander Affairs Administration, which has enabled her to work for the Native Title Unit, Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Universities of South Australia and Adelaide, and the Parliamentary Research Service, Canberra.