Ali Cobby Eckermann Seminar

'My Basket is Heavy with History'

Ali Cobby Eckerman

'baskets are woven with story

baskets are woven with song

my basket is heavy with history'

from the poem "Tjukurrpa" (Stories)

Abstract:Aboriginal author and poet Ali Cobby Eckermann will discuss her award winning massacre verse novel Ruby Moonlight and share how she feels, when she dares to venture outside her Aboriginal community into the mainstream.

As a member of the Stolen Generations, Ali Cobby Eckermann found her birth mother at the age of 34. She learnt about the effect on her Yankunyjatjara family from the atomic bomb testing at Maralinga SA in the 1950-60's and the disregarded deaths of her traditional people. Across Australia, most Aboriginal language groups continue to remember and recount their own stories of massacre.

Bio:Ali Cobby Eckermann won book of the year at the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her second verse novel, Ruby Moonlight (2013), a massacre story. Her successes include the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry 2013, the Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature 2012 and kuril dhagun Unpublished Manuscript Award 2011. Ali's publications include

Too Afraid to Cry

(Ilura Press: 2013),A Handful of Sand

: Aboriginal edition of Southerly (co-edited with peer Lionel Fogarty: 2013),

Love dreaming and other poems(Vagabond Press: 2012),

His Fathers Eyes

(Oxford Uni Press: 2011),I Tell You True and other poems

(translated/published in Tefoma Magazine Greece: 2011),

Intervention Pay Back(Being Human Bloodaxe Books London 2011).

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