Sassi Nooyoom (aka Meaghan Holt)
Sassi Nooyoom (dialect of the Wakka Wakka language) was born on Gunai/Kurnai country (Yarram) Victoria. Her mother’s family are of English and Scottish background (dairy farmers), her great grandfather was an illegitimate child. Her father and grandmother (Pickering) are from Wakka Wakka (Gayndah) country and her grandfather (Holt) born on Gyiri (Springsure) before his family were removed to Cherbourg mission.
Her mother and father met in the RAAF. Sassi Nooyoom (aka Meaghan Holt) has been writing since she was a little girl and writing runs in her blood, with the Holt family beginning with her grandfather’s sister and brother’s published books. Meaghan lost her mother at the age of 9 and has since been raised predominately with her Aboriginal family, extended and otherwise. Her mother’s spirit, guides her writing along with her very large bloodline of ancestors and her writing can pack a punch, hence the “Sassi Nooyoom” title – Nooyoom meaning spirit.
At the last Giiyong Writer’s festival Meaghan participated in Ali Cobby Eckermann’s workshop, alongside Bruce Pascoe. He asked if he could publish her poems and as a result she has a poem published in the Australian Short Stories Edition 66, edited by Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood.