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Andrew Booth i(2 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal
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BiographyHistory

'Born in Sydney, Andrew Booth had a diverse and senior career in the public sector. Subsequently he freelanced as a government advisor in Australia and then in the South Pacific where, in a case of mistaken identity, he was once shot at. He took up writing full time when he arrived in Queensland some years ago. His first work, The First Octoroon is a work of fiction based in fact, inspired by the writer's discovery that he was an experimental child, that his birth was the result of a state sanctioned scientific experiment, a large-scale genetic intervention called Assimilation, intended to eliminate the perceived menace of Aboriginal 'half-castes' by ‘breeding out the colour’. He writes from the standpoint of a fully assimilated, i.e. whitened, Aboriginal man engaged in the surreal process of unassimilating. He tells a story that was never meant to be told, of the slowly decaying radioactive half-life which is the personal aftermath of Assimilation, of the subsequent psychic dislocation of generations of Australians whose true origins were concealed or subsumed rather than stolen.'

Source:

Queensland Literary Awards (http://qldliteraryawards.org.au/about/shortlists/david-unaipon-award-shortlist#booth). Sighted: 11/9/2015

Awards for Works

Cut up Song "Run it for me Bub.", Overland [Online] , October 2016 single work poetry
2016 inaugural joint winner Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
The First Octoroon or Report of an Experimental Child 2015 single work novel

'The First Octoroon is a work of fiction based in fact, inspired by the writer's discovery that he was an experimental child, that his birth was the result of a state sanctioned scientific experiment, a large-scale genetic intervention called Assimilation, intended to eliminate the perceived menace of Aboriginal 'half-castes' by ‘breeding out the colour’.' (Source: Queensland Literary Awards website)

2015 winner David Unaipon Award Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award
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