Ali Cobby Eckermann’s visit to the Mildura Writers Festival will provide our audience with an opportunity to hear this award-winning author read her own work and to share her writing life with us. As a member of the Stolen Generations, Ali 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 in the 1950s and 1960s. Her work is a lyrical and powerful expression of the torment endured by Aboriginal people, the succour found in the natural world and the resilience of the human spirit to give shape and meaning to the often unfathomable.
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and launched her literary career in 2009. In 2013 Ali toured Ireland as Australian Poetry Ambassador and won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book Of The Year (NSW) for Ruby Moonlight, a massacre verse novel. In 2014 Ali was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship at Adelaide Writers Week, and the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa. In 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA and was awarded a Literature Fellowship by the Australian Council for the Arts in 2018. Ali was granted a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy in 2019, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at RMIT Melbourne.
Ali will be heading to north west Victoria several days before the festival to work with local Indigenous story-tellers. The stories that emerge from this collaboration will also be shared during the festival on the Mildura riverfront.
Join us from 16 – 19 July this year for the Mildura Writers Festival in our Mallee town by the Murray river, where the sun shines brightly and the skies are nearly always blue.
Early bird packages available in May.