Lionel Fogarty i(637 works by) (a.k.a. Lionel George Fogarty; Lionel G. Fogarty; Lionel G. Brown Lacey Yock Fogarty)
Also writes as: Lionel Lacey
Born: Established: 1958 Barambah, Kilkivan area, Kingaroy - Murgon - Kilkivan - Woolooga area, Central West Queensland, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal
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BiographyHistory

Lionel Fogarty was born on Wakka Wakka land at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve near Murgon, Queensland. His traditional background is the Yoogum and Kudjela tribes and he has relations from the Goomba tribe.

After being educated to ninth grade at Murgon High school, he worked at a variety of local casual jobs, went ringbarking, worked on a railway gang, and came to Brisbane when he was sixteen.

In the early 1970s Fogarty became actively involved in Aboriginal politics after a realisation of the injustices experienced while growing up on the Reserve. His involvement in the political struggles of the Aboriginal people has been through various organisations including the Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Housing Service, Black Resource Centre, Black Community School and Murrie Coo-ee. As a legal and political activist, and as a community leader, his work has also been directed towards the reality of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Fogarty has travelled widely throughout Australia and the USA as an ambassador for Murri culture and Aboriginal causes. In 1976 he travelled to the USA to address a meeting of the American Indian Movement of the Second International Indian Treaty Council in South Dakota. Attending this forum furthered his commitment to fight injustice and gave him a broader perspective of international struggles. In 1993, in the International Year of the World's Indigenous People, he undertook an extensive reading tour through Europe.

Lionel Fogarty began writing poetry out of a commitment to the Aboriginal cause, a belief that land rights is the basis of Aboriginal people's hope for a future not based on racism and oppression, and as a way of expressing his Murri beliefs and continuing to pass on his own knowledge and experience. His first work Kargun (1980) was published when he was twenty-two and further volumes of verse have continued to be published. With the approval of his elders he has published a children's book Booyooburra (1993), a traditional Wakka Wakka story.

Awards for Works

Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) 2014 selected work poetry poetry

'Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) is the most recent collection from Australia’s foremost experimental and political poet and one of the best known contemporary Aboriginal Australian writers, Lionel G. Fogarty.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Mogwie-Idan : Stories of the Land 2012 selected work poetry 'Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the Land' showcases the intelligence of the Aboriginal grassroots struggle in contemporary Australia, laying open the realness of Lionel Fogarty's Murri mission poetry. The Aboriginal struggle in Australia is not over, but here handed to the next generations to promote their strength. Biame guide! Biame bless!' (Source: Vagabond Press website vagabondpress.net)
2014 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
Connection Requital 2010 selected work poetry

'A Murri man, Lionel Fogarty is a poet and activist. His first collection of poems, Kargun, was published in 1980, and he has since published eight further collections, including Dha’gun Jabree Djan Mitti andYerrabilela Jimbelung: Poems about Family and Friends. Fogarty has also published a children’s book, Booyooburra, a traditional Wakka Wakka story. Since the 1970s he has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement, to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services, to the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody – Fogarty’s brother, Daniel, died in police custody in 1993.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2012 winner Scanlon Prize for Poetry
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