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WORDS FROM THE FRONTLINE
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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME 2014

ALI COBBY ECKERMANN: WORDS FROM THE FRONTLINE

The Faculty of Education and Social Work invites you to a reading with its Artist-in-Residence 2014, ALI COBBY ECKERMANN.

Award-winning Indigenous Australian poet and writer ALI COBBY ECKERMANN will read from her work and discuss the importance of the study of Indigenous literature. She will also examine what the idea of Australian Literature might mean to her and explore her own creative writing process. Includes an audience Q&A.

Hosted by Associate Professor KATE LILLEY.

Indigenous Australian poet and writer ALI COBBY ECKERMANN was born on Kaurna Country, and grew up on Ngadjuri country South Australia. She has travelled extensively and lived most of her adult life on Arrernte country, Jawoyn country and Larrakia country in the Northern Territory. Eckermann met her birth mother, Audrey, when she was in her 30s and learnt that her mob was Yankunytjatjara from north-west South Australia. Eckermann’s first book of poetry Little Bit Long Time was published by the Australian Poetry Centre as part of the New Poets series in 2009. Her poetry reflects her journey to reconnect with her Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha family. In 2011 her first verse novel, His Father’s Eyes was published, and her second verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the Kuril Dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship, which is part of the black&write! Indigenous Editing and Writing Project, the State Library of Queensland. The novel was then published in 2012 by Magabala Books, and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and was awarded the Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013. Ali has established an Aboriginal writers retreat at her home in Koolunga.

MONDAY 26 MAY
5.30 –7pm
Common Room
Woolley Building
Science Road
University of Sydney

PRICE
Complimentary

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