Australian Indigenous Poetry Alive and Well!

Kalang Retreat is proud to present a special afternoon of poetry with award-winning Indigenous writer:

Ali Cobby Eckermann, Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha woman, author of verse novel Ruby Moonlight (Flood Editions, UK; Magabala Books, AUS), the haunting poetic memoir Too Afraid to Cry (Illura Press, 2012) and the poetry collection, Little Bit Long Time (APC, 2009).

Ali is a member of the stolen generations – forcibly taken from her mother when she was a baby. Her mother was also forcibly removed from her parents as a child, and Ali herself was separated from her baby, resulting in three generations of forced estrangement and grief.

These innovative poems take up traditional narrative voices, bringing past conflicts vividly to life with short lines that are lucid, refined, and luminous. Colonialism and survival are set against the natural world, love, and the desire for human engagement. - Judges’ citation, NSW Book of the Year Award

Ali Cobby Eckermann’s awards include:

Winner – 2012 black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship

Winner – 2012 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature

Winner – 2013 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards

Winner – 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize ($215,000 AUD)

Saturday May 13th -- 2pm


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Indigenous Australian Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann

Kalang Retreat, based on the Mornington Peninsula, acknowledges the custodians and owners of this land, the Boon Wurrung people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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