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, New South Wales 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)
9 Banksia Square, Somers, Vic
Saturday May 13th
Food and drinks provided
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AP is in the process of partnering on a residency competition for the Kalang Retreat, with details to be released very soon!