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y My Place single work   autobiography  
My Place Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987
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'In 1982, Sally Morgan travelled back to her grandmother's birthplace. What started as a tentative search for information about her family, turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. My Place is a moving account of a search for truth into which a whole family is gradually drawn, finally freeing the tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Selected for the 2003 Books Alive promotion.
  • Dedication: To My Family.
  • Epigraph: How deprived we would have been / if we had been willing / to let things stay as they were. / We would have survived, / but not as a whole people. / We would never have known / our place.
  • Teaching notes available from publisher's website.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print, e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1987 .
      8944534736633624675.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of the publisher.
      Extent: 358p.
      Reprinted: 1987 August, September and October 1987 , 1988 Mass paperback edition published 1988
      Note/s:
      • Cover illustration on first edition: painting by Sally Morgan, depicting her grandmother's journey. Includes portrait of the author.
      ISBN: 0949206245, 094206318
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago ,
      1988 .
      6745339591135995802.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 358p.
      ISBN: 0860681483 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Seaver Books ,
      1988 .
      Extent: 360p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1989 .
      Extent: 358p.
      Edition info: Illustrated edition.
      ISBN: 0949206571
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arcade ,
      1990 .
      Extent: 360p.
      ISBN: 1559700548
    • Boston, Massachusetts,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Little, Brown ,
      1990 .
      Extent: 360p.
      ISBN: 0316582891
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1999 .
      Extent: 440p.
      ISBN: 0949206318, 1863682783 (hbk.)
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2003 .
      Extent: 1 v.p.
      Edition info: Special ed.
      ISBN: 1920731377
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2007 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9780949206312
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2008 .
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      Image Courtesy of Publisher's Website.
      Extent: 496ppp.
      Note/s:
      • 21st Anniversary Edition
      ISBN: 9781921361227
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1990 .
      Extent: 3vp.
      Note/s:
      • Adaptation for younger readers in three volume Sally's Story , Arthur Corunna's Story and Mother and Daughter. Volumes individually indexed.
      • Edited by Barbara Ker Wilson.
      ISBN: 0949206792, 0949206776, 0949206784

Works about this Work

Australia in Three Books Katherine Brabon , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 21-23)
Viaxes Literarias E Culturais Entre Galicia E Australia María Jesús Lorenzo Modia , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rosendo Salvado Eo Aborixe of Australia 2015; (p. 209-228)
BlackWords : Serious Issues for Young Readers Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 8)

In this essay Heiss discusses Indigenous-authored works that are targeted for upper-primary and young adult readers, that address issues of identity, self esteem, relationships and peer-group pressure that are available for both educators and students. Heiss recommends that these works discussed in this essay, will not only engage young Indigenous students, but also non-Indigenous students and other readers with a sense of sameness in terms of coming of age, facing friendships, and the growing pains that all teenagers face.

Literature as Protest and Solace : The Verse of Alf Taylor Danica Cerce , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 16 2015; (p. 25-33)

'Although Australian indigenous poetry is often overtly polemical and politically committed, any reading which analyzes it as mere propaganda is too narrow to do it justice. By presenting the verse of Alf Taylor collected in Singer Songwriter (1992) and Winds (1994) and discussing it in the context of the wider social and cultural milieu of the author, my essay aims to show the thematic richness of indigenous poetic expression. Indigenous poets have, on the one hand, undertaken the responsibility to strive for social and political equality and foster within their communities the very important concept that indigenous peoples can survive only as a community and a nation (McGuiness). On the other hand, they have produced powerful self-revelatory accounts of their own mental and emotional interior, which urges us to see their careers in a perspective much wider than that of social chroniclers and rebels.' (Publication abstract)

Is the Trouble in My Place the Same As The Trouble with Merle ? Jay Daniel Thompson , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , June vol. 38 no. 2 2014; (p. 220-232)
'This article addresses Sally Morgan's My Place(1987) and Maree Delofski's The Trouble with Merle (2002). A key similarity between these texts is a confusion surrounding the racial identities of their female protagonists. In Morgan's book, the narrator discovers that she is Aboriginal, and not (as she had been led to believe) Indian. The subject of Delofski's documentary is the vintage Hollywood film star Merle Oberon. Oberon claimed to be born in Tasmania, presumably of Anglo-Saxon parentage. Following her death in 1979, however, it was revealed that Oberon was actually born and raised in India and had Anglo-Indian parentage. Yet, some Tasmanians still claim that she was born in Tasmania and was, in fact, Anglo-Chinese. I suggest that a useful and compelling way of reading these texts is through Judith Butler's multivalenced concept of “trouble”. The protagonists of My Place and The Trouble with Merleare “trouble” to the extent that they are both situated outside an idealised white Australian femininity. On another level, both texts “trouble”—as in, they pose a challenge to—understandings of race and gender. (Publication abstract)
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 6 no. 2 1991; (p. 31)

— Review of My Place Sally Morgan 1987 single work autobiography
Indigenous Voices Promoted at Fremantle Press 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 425 2008; (p. 47)

— Review of My Place Sally Morgan 1987 single work autobiography ; Heartsick for Country : Stories of Love, Spirit and Creation 2008 anthology life story ; Bawoo Stories May L. O'Brien 2008 selected work picture book
Untitled Lesley White , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 45)

— Review of My Place Sally Morgan 1987 single work autobiography
Untitled Rita Blackburn , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 38)

— Review of My Place Sally Morgan 1987 single work autobiography
On the Threshold of a Renaissance - Recent Aboriginal Writing in Australia Emmanuel S. Nelson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 4 no. 2 1990; (p. 131-133)

— Review of Story About Feeling Bill Neidjie 1989 selected work poetry ; Wanamurraganya : The Story of Jack McPhee Sally Morgan 1989 single work biography ; My Place Sally Morgan 1987 single work autobiography ; Writing from the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature Mudrooroo 1990 single work criticism
'Worth in the Telling' : Tales of Trauma in Australian Aboriginal Narratives Clare Bradford , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canadian Children's Literature , Winter vol. 27 no. 4 (104) 2001; (p. 8-25)
y Aboriginal Experience Lloyd Cameron , Glebe : Pascal Press , 1994 Z1019180 1994 single work criticism
form y Aboriginal Experience Martin Didsbury , 1994 Z1019197 1994 single work film/TV

'The stories told by Ruby Langford Ginibi in Don't Take Your Love to Town, Sally Morgan My Place, and Mudrooroo in Wild Cat Falling provide the starting point for discussions on some of the key events and issues that have affected Aboriginal people.

Part 1: 'Aboriginal Experience' looks at the practice of removing Aboriginal children from their families, and denial of Aboriginality and equal rights. Part 2: 'Reclaiming Identity' looks at the importance of the family and the land to Aboriginal people and their quest to reclaim their identity.'

y Recovery and Restoration : Changing Identities of Aboriginal Women in Australia Gail Maria Hennessy , 1999 Z1019315 1999 single work thesis The thesis critically examines four autobiographical writers. These four writers, Margaret Tucker, Glenyse Ward, Sally Morgan and Ruby Langford Ginibi illustrate different ways of constructing an Aboriginal identity in their published texts.
Catch to $5 Cheapie For Bookbuyers Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 March 2003; (p. 7)
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