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Beyond the Tent Embassy
Code: 35  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Indigenous, Food, , Politics & Current Affairs, Religion & Spirituality, Feminism
Thursday, May 17 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Chris Graham, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Sam Watson, Jeff Sparrow (facilitator)
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Apology. NT Intervention. Tent Embassy. The state of Aboriginal Australia goes in and out of the news but has anything really improved on the ground? Sam Watson, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Chris Graham talk to Jeff Sparrow about activism, writing and the prospects for change.

Sponsored by Overland.

Chris Graham (Australian)

Chris Graham is the managing editor of Tracker magazine, and is the former and founding editor of the National Indigenous Times. Chris got his start in 1998 as a 15-year-old copyboy at The Sydney Morning Herald. In the course of his career he has been the subject of numerous police investigations over government leaks, and had his home and office raided. He has won a Walkley Award and a Walkley High Commendation for his Indigenous affairs reporting, and has twice won the Australian Human Rights Award.

Sam Watson (Australian)

Sam Watson was born and raised in Brisbane. He has tribal, family and Dreaming connections to Aboriginal nations throughout the south-east and far-north. He was involved in the early black political movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Kadaitcha Sung was published in 1991 to critical acclaim. Since then Sam has written and co-produced a short film, Black Man Down, and written two plays for Brisbane audiences. In recent years he has taught courses in black Australian literature and politics at the University of Queensland.

Jeff Sparrow (Australian)

Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland literary journal. He is the co-author, with his sister Jill, of Radical Melbourne: A secret history and Radical Melbourne: The enemy within, and the author of Communism: A love story and Killing: Misadventures in violence.

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Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)

Ali Cobby Eckermann has enjoyed huge success with her first collection of poetry, little bit long time. Her poetry reflects her journey to reconnect with her Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha family. Her first verse novel, His Father’s Eyes, was published in 2011. Her second verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the inaugural Queensland State Library kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship and will be released in May 2012. Ali has established an Aboriginal writers retreat at her home in Koolunga.

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