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Saturday, May 24 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Jenny Munroe (facilitators)
Share a unique journey of Australian Aboriginal poetry and spoken word, with seven multi-talented Aboriginal women from various language groups, each performing for seven minutes. Gain an insight to the essence of First Nation sisters; daughters, mothers and friends in a celebration of style, guile and all things worthwhile. Enjoy a performance focused on healing and strength, with a dash of comedy. Featuring Ali Cobby Eckermann and Jenny Munroe.
Jenny Munroe (Australian)
Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)
Ali Cobby Eckermann, poet and writer, 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, but 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.