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Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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  • Dedication: To Eileen Alannah

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Works about this Work

Mapping a Memoir within Australian Landscapes : Shirley Walker Alejandra Moreno Álvarez , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
'Shirley Walker (1927), retired Senior Lecturer in English from the University of New
England at Armidale, where she taught Australian Literature, decided to try her own
hand at writing a memoir. The result is Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate
Chronicle
(2001), which is her account of growing up in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia. The author has also published numerous critical articles on Australian Literature, commenting thoroughly on the work of Mary Gilmore (1865- 1962), Judith Wright (1915-2000) and Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002). Walker has also published The Ghost at the Wedding (2009) based on the life of Walker's mother in law, a woman whose life was largely shaped by war, and who, in 1918 near the end of WW1, married a returned soldier. This biography, which was awarded the Asher Literary Prize (2009) and the Nita B Kibble Award (2010), Australia's premier award for women's writing, has been described as a major work of Australian literature and a major contribution to Australian history. The present article focuses on Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate Chronicle, where Walker narrates the complicated and, sometimes, blurred resonances of her "half-a-lifetime" memoir. This work exemplifies how Walker is deeply concerned with the unreliability of memory and the way it can exaggerate grievances or distort past perceptions, unloosing itself from historical and geographical truth and adopting first and foremost a primal function in the formation of identities.' (Author's Introduction)
In Short : Non-Fiction Bruce Elder , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2003; (p. 19)

— Review of Conquerors' Road Osmar E. White 1996 single work autobiography ; Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Enlightening Memoir Gemma Walsh , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Intimate Chronicles Peter Mitchell , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: New England Review , Summer no. 15 2002; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography ; The Devil's Triangle Frances M. Boyle 2001 single work autobiography
The Roundabout and the Road : Shirley Walker, Jill Ker Conway and Female Autobiography Ken A. Stewart , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 119-132)
Reads comparatively, and against each other, the autobiographies of Conway and Walker, 'approximate contemporaries, career academics ... whose autobiographies explore issues relating to family, secondary and university education, female fulfilment and "liberation", local and national culture, and urban and rural experience' (120).
An Intimate Chronicle John Synott , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Autumn vol. 21 no. 2 2002; (p. 73)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Landscape and Memoir Marilla North , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 13 no. 2 2002;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Walker Touches Strongly on a Generational Chord John Bryant , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 August 2001; (p. 18)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
In Short Debra Adelaide , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 September 2001; (p. 19)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography ; Red Heart Victor Kelleher 2001 single work novel
Women's Lives Joy W. Hooton , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 236 2001; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Eating the Underworld : A Memoir in Three Voices Doris Brett 2001 single work autobiography ; Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
In Mother's Shadow Marilla North , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 24 November 2001; (p. 6)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Untitled Melissa Bellanta , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
News from a Friend Carolyn Bliss , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 15 no. 2 2001; (p. 142)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Intimate Chronicles Peter Mitchell , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: New England Review , Summer no. 15 2002; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography ; The Devil's Triangle Frances M. Boyle 2001 single work autobiography
In Short : Non-Fiction Bruce Elder , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2003; (p. 19)

— Review of Conquerors' Road Osmar E. White 1996 single work autobiography ; Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
An Intimate Chronicle John Synott , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Autumn vol. 21 no. 2 2002; (p. 73)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Enlightening Memoir Gemma Walsh , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Walker Touches Strongly on a Generational Chord John Bryant , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 August 2001; (p. 18)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
In Short Debra Adelaide , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 September 2001; (p. 19)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography ; Red Heart Victor Kelleher 2001 single work novel
Women's Lives Joy W. Hooton , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 236 2001; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Eating the Underworld : A Memoir in Three Voices Doris Brett 2001 single work autobiography ; Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
In Mother's Shadow Marilla North , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 24 November 2001; (p. 6)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Untitled Melissa Bellanta , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
News from a Friend Carolyn Bliss , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 15 no. 2 2001; (p. 142)

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
Landscape and Memoir Marilla North , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 13 no. 2 2002;

— Review of Roundabout at Bangalow : An Intimate Chronicle Shirley Walker 2001 single work autobiography
The Roundabout and the Road : Shirley Walker, Jill Ker Conway and Female Autobiography Ken A. Stewart , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 119-132)
Reads comparatively, and against each other, the autobiographies of Conway and Walker, 'approximate contemporaries, career academics ... whose autobiographies explore issues relating to family, secondary and university education, female fulfilment and "liberation", local and national culture, and urban and rural experience' (120).
Mapping a Memoir within Australian Landscapes : Shirley Walker Alejandra Moreno Álvarez , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
'Shirley Walker (1927), retired Senior Lecturer in English from the University of New
England at Armidale, where she taught Australian Literature, decided to try her own
hand at writing a memoir. The result is Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate
Chronicle
(2001), which is her account of growing up in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia. The author has also published numerous critical articles on Australian Literature, commenting thoroughly on the work of Mary Gilmore (1865- 1962), Judith Wright (1915-2000) and Dorothy Hewett (1923-2002). Walker has also published The Ghost at the Wedding (2009) based on the life of Walker's mother in law, a woman whose life was largely shaped by war, and who, in 1918 near the end of WW1, married a returned soldier. This biography, which was awarded the Asher Literary Prize (2009) and the Nita B Kibble Award (2010), Australia's premier award for women's writing, has been described as a major work of Australian literature and a major contribution to Australian history. The present article focuses on Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate Chronicle, where Walker narrates the complicated and, sometimes, blurred resonances of her "half-a-lifetime" memoir. This work exemplifies how Walker is deeply concerned with the unreliability of memory and the way it can exaggerate grievances or distort past perceptions, unloosing itself from historical and geographical truth and adopting first and foremost a primal function in the formation of identities.' (Author's Introduction)
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Settings:
  • Byron Bay, Byron Bay - Broken Head area, Far North Coast, New South Wales,
  • Lismore, Lismore - Goonellabah, Lismore area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales,
  • Queensland,
  • Bangalow, Byron Bay - Broken Head area, Far North Coast, New South Wales,
  • Rita Island, Ayr - Home Hill - Cape Upstart area, Marlborough - Mackay - Townsville area, Queensland,
  • Burdekin Area, Townsville, Townsville area, Marlborough - Mackay - Townsville area, Queensland,
  • ca. 1930-1997
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