In March this year, Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha poet Ali Cobby Eckermann received an email telling her she’d won the Windham-Campbell prize, worth $215,000. The email the winners receive is the first time they learn of their consideration. This sudden recognition propelled Ali onto the international literary stage. Ali has published three collections of poetry, a verse novel and a ‘poetic memoir’, Too Afraid to Cry, which she described as an ‘emotional timeline’ of the Stolen Generations. Ali talks to Peter Minter about her work, her art and the changes that global recognition brings.

Supported by the University of Sydney.