As you are probably aware, I am trying to find women poets from as many countries of the world as possible, in order to demonstrate the global impact of the First World war. To this end, I contacted a group called the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women's Association and they replied to my message with the following"
"Hi Lucy, Your project sounds very interesting but unfortunately it is not appropriate for our Elders to participate in. We wish you all the best."
I am very grateful indeed to have received a reply because so many of my letters, e-mails and messages do not. And the lesson here is a very important one - how vital it is to understand and respect each other's differences - something that is quite rare in modern times alas.