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Abstract of Brown Skin Baby by Bob Randall, 1990
Brown Skin Baby single work   poetry   "Yaaawee, yaahaawawee, My brown skin baby they take 'im away."
Issue Details: First known date: 1990 1990
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Paperbark : A Collection of Black Australian Writings Jack Davis (editor), Stephen Muecke (editor), Mudrooroo (editor), Adam Shoemaker (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z299632 1990 anthology poetry drama short story criticism prose autobiography biography (taught in 2 units)

    'This is the first collection to span the diverse range of Black Australian writings. Thirty-six Aboriginal and Islander authors have contributed, including David Unaipon, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Gerry Bostock, Ruby Langford, Robert Bropho, Jack Davis, Hyllus Maris, William Ferguson, Sally Morgan, Mudrooroo Narogin and Archie Weller. Many more are represented through community writings such as petitions and letters.

    Collected over six years from all the states and territories of Australia, Paperbark ranges widely across time and genre from the 1840s to the present, from transcriptions of oral literature to rock opera. Prose, poetry, song, drama and polemic are accompanied by the selected artworks of Jimmy Pike, and an extensive, up-to-date bibliography.The voices of Black Australia speak with passion and power in this challenging and important anthology.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990
    pg. 297-298
  • Appears in:
    y Songman : The Story of an Aboriginal Elder of Uluru Bob Randall , Sue Wagner (editor), Paul W. Newbury (editor), Sydney : ABC Books , 2003 Z1043966 2003 single work life story

    'Like other members of the Stolen Generation, Bob Randall was taken away from his family by white authorities. He was seven years old. As an adult he began the long process of finding his family again...and establishing a career as an Aboriginal educator. He is now a renowned singer and performer...

    Woven through Randall's story like the Rainbow Serpent is a clear account of the Aboriginal worldview and philosophy...At once a gripping autobiography and an outstanding lucid account of Aboriginal spirituality and belief...' Source: Publisher's blurb

    Sydney : ABC Books , 2003
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 852

Works about this Work

Unearthing Aboriginal Country Music Michael Dwyer , 2016 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 12 October 2016; (p. 34)
BlackWords : Our Truths - Aboriginal Writers and the Stolen Generations Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 4)

In this essay Heiss demonstrates that stories, poetry, songs, plays and memoirs are 'living' evidence of truths otherwise untold or appropriated (Source: Introduction)

Stolen Child Came Back with Message That Moved 2015 single work obituary (for Bob Randall )
— Appears in: Land Rights News , August vol. 5 no. 2 2015; (p. 21)

Includes Brown Skin Baby

Embracing Joy amid Sorrow of the Brown Skin Babies Martin Flanagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 12) The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 24)
Martin Flanagan reflects on a trip to Uluru for a concert. During the visit he meets and talks with Uncle Bob Randall.
Desert Songs Paul Kelly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 46-51)
Embracing Joy amid Sorrow of the Brown Skin Babies Martin Flanagan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 October 2012; (p. 12) The Saturday Age , 13 October 2012; (p. 24)
Martin Flanagan reflects on a trip to Uluru for a concert. During the visit he meets and talks with Uncle Bob Randall.
Desert Songs Paul Kelly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 46-51)
BlackWords : Our Truths - Aboriginal Writers and the Stolen Generations Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 4)

In this essay Heiss demonstrates that stories, poetry, songs, plays and memoirs are 'living' evidence of truths otherwise untold or appropriated (Source: Introduction)

Stolen Child Came Back with Message That Moved 2015 single work obituary (for Bob Randall )
— Appears in: Land Rights News , August vol. 5 no. 2 2015; (p. 21)

Includes Brown Skin Baby

Unearthing Aboriginal Country Music Michael Dwyer , 2016 single work
— Appears in: The Age , 12 October 2016; (p. 34)
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