Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright) PDF Print E-mail
FATSILC and the Campbelltown Arts Centre ran a Young Indigenous Writers workshop in July. Alexis Wright was guest mentor and Djon Mundine (as always) provided inspiration, elegance and easy hospitality. For more information about FATSILC’s Young Writers Initiative please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Alexis Wright
Dear Chris,
I wanted to tell you how proud I felt to work with Baressa, Ada, Jack and Nardi. I think they are exceptional young people and they all have the capacity to achieve any goal that they wanted to set themselves in the future. It was simply amazing how they applied themselves to the workshop and were able to write such brilliant stories on the spot, and then, they simply got up and read their pieces in a public forum the following day. That was truly something.
Alexis Wright, Miles Franklin Award Winner, 2007
 
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Jack Buckskin
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Baressa Fraser
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Ada Hanson
 
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
 
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)

  First you have to close your eyes.
Go on...there, now. Open your ears...can you hear it?
That river? Flowing over and through you?
Feel yourself rise and fall with every ripple, that’s
it...float, float away - down river.

Now.
I’m gunna tell you something special.
Feel that water flowing? See it bend and twist and
yarn with that bank?
Well there’s more...


There is another river inside that one, with its own
course and its own flow. It runs through rock and
through air, as high as the stars or as deep as the core
of this land. You see, this river inside our river is the
highway that Burrul Maadha travels. It takes him
wherever he wants. If he needs to go to that Cuddy bora,
it flows through air to that very place. If he’s gotta go
check that cheeky laughing star, he can swim that way,
up to it. If he gotta pull someone into line, or fix up
something or lay down the lore, he takes that highway
river, straight to the place. No matter where or how, it
takes him. Yeah, giirru, true!


You know that dhaadhaa goodoo, old grandfather cod?
That’s him. He goes that way, in that river inside a river.
Sometimes, when he feels like it, he’s a cod, sometimes a
croc, other times that kangaroo or eagle that follows and
watches. Whatever he wants, he does and we don’t mess
with him cause he’s the boss.


Lot of mob have seen him too, but out of the corner of
their eye or in a dream or something. Minmin, plains
dog, spiritman, that’s him. He has a good old laugh
at us blackfullas when we jump, or run away or piss
ourselves. He reckons we’re real windy. He laughs at us
being scared but he’s just movin round, watching, caring,
guiding us all the time. That’s all.

Young Indigenous Writers Initiative (Alexis Wright)
Nardi Simpson

 

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