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Alternative title: A Handful of Sand : Words to the Frontline
Note: Guest editors: Ali Cobby and Lionel Fogarty.
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 vol. 71 no. 2 2011 of Southerly est. 1939
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'It is estimated now that nearly five thousand Aboriginal authors have been published in Australia since the cultural impact of colonisation occurred. However this seems rare or vague knowledge to the outskirts of Australian literature. It seems this contribution by Aboriginal writers is somewhat limited to access or obtain for the general public who enjoy a good read, or seek an historical view point...' (Source: Cobby Eckermann Ali, and Fogarty Lionel, Southerly Vol. 71 No. 2 2011:8-11)

Notes

  • Editor's note:
    These are the writings from a handful of Aboriginal writers, who belong
    to a proud and beautiful culture. All have been written with honesty.
    As within all societies there are elements of challenge and concern.
    As editors we believe that is the key and reason of life, for all humans.

    It would be a great further outcome of this edition, for the wider
    reading audience to gain more insight of Aboriginal Australia today.
    The writers featured here, of all ages, articulate clearly their hopes and
    dreams, and the stumbling blocks that life presents. As Aboriginal
    people we are well aware of the troubles in our society, and the
    traumas inflicted from past Governmental policy.

    As Aboriginal writers we are very concerned about the literacy rates
    within our families. There are no books, newspapers or magazines sold in
    outback stores. We will hope that some editions of A Handful of Sand
    make it back to the remote communities and outstations.

    As an essential part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response
    Intervention signs concerning the prohibition of alcohol and
    pornography have now been erected along some of the best landscapes
    available in the Northern Territory. We are thrilled the Aust Govt has
    spent thousands of dollars to promote literature (however absurd)
    in all NT remote areas.

    After all, it will mostly be Aboriginal children who will grow up reading
    these signs on their doorstep.
  • Contents indexed selectively.
  • Epigraph:
    the pen is mightier than the sword
    but the finger in the sand is mightier than that
    in its own way


    Aunty Ruby Langford Ginibi
    (1934-2011)
    RIP
  • Editor's note:

    We have been notified of a number of errors and omissions in Southerly 71.2 A Handful of Sand. Please find the corrections below and accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

    Kerry Reed-Gilbert’s name is misspelled on pages 5, 24 and 245.

    See Long Paddock http://southerlyjournal.com.au/project/a-handful-of-sand-words-to-the-frontline-2/

Contents

* Contents derived from the 2011 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Editorial, Ali Cobby Eckermann , Lionel Fogarty , 2011 single work essay (p. 8-11)
I Am Herei"YOU call me the nowhere people", Samia Goudie , 2011 single work poetry (p. 12-13)
Rearranging the Dead Cat, Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay (p. 14-23)
Miss Goody Two Shoesi"Your voice spoken", Kerry Reed-Gilbert , 2011 single work poetry (p. 24)
Media Release : Statement on Eatock vs HWT, Anita Heiss , 2011 single work criticism (p. 25-26)
The Bolt Case : A Refresher Snapshot, Larissa Behrendt , 2011 single work criticism (p. 27-28)
Snake Childreni"White women say that", Jeanine Leane , 2011 single work poetry (p. 29-30)
Black Silk, Philip McLaren , 2011 single work short story (p. 31-44)
Window, Jimmy Fejo (composer), 2011 single work lyric/song (p. 45)
Reality of a Murri Dreaming Worldi"mean not fasting for a", Lionel Fogarty , 2011 single work poetry (p. 46-47)
Our Elderly Ladiesi"Sitting under a bough shed", Milly Napangardi James , 2011 single work poetry (p. 48)
The Cremationi"A beat of a drum, the tap of a stick,", Noeleen Nugari O'Keefe , 2011 single work poetry (p. 49)
Remembering Fabienne, Literary Goddess, Natalie Harkin , 2011 single work prose (p. 50-54)
My Friendi"If I could look inside my mind", Trevor Deshong , 2011 single work poetry (p. 55)
After Dreaming - AD 1910i"She'll work to advance Australia fair getting fairer", Jeanine Leane , 2011 single work poetry (p. 56)
Koori Girl Goes Shoppini"We're all the same under the skin dear", Gayle Kennedy , 2011 single work poetry (p. 57)
White Picket Fencei"don't border protect me advance australia fair me cultural cliche me", Natalie Harkin , 2011 single work poetry (p. 62)
NAIDOC 2011, Marcus Waters , 2011 single work short story

'My Aboriginality or at least a search for my Aboriginality has occupied the last twenty-seven years of my life since first becoming reunited with my Aboriginal family as a fifteen-year-old. . . and not for the first time as I walk through a mass of people gathered to celebrate the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) at Musgrave Park in Brisbane I once again find myself reflecting deeply on the foundations of my very identity as ideas continue to change from within, around and underneath me...' (Source: Abstract)

(p. 63-67)
Purple Manaji Flowersi"Be safe, make right decision", Rosemary Plummer , 2011 single work poetry (p. 68-69)
Pay Back Alley, Jennifer A. Martiniello , 2011 single work short story (p. 70-72)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Safe Harbours for Literary Adventures Jose Borghino , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Griffith Review no. 35 Autumn 2012 periodical issue ; Meanjin vol. 71 no. 1 Autumn 2012 periodical issue ; Southerly vol. 71 no. 2 2011 periodical issue
A Literature That Refuses to Go Missing Jennifer Mills , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , February 2012;

— Review of Southerly vol. 71 no. 2 2011 periodical issue

'Aboriginal people are far more written about than heard, more often the subject of journalistic, medical, sociological, anthropological, and fictional narratives than the author...'

Safe Harbours for Literary Adventures Jose Borghino , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 June 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Griffith Review no. 35 Autumn 2012 periodical issue ; Meanjin vol. 71 no. 1 Autumn 2012 periodical issue ; Southerly vol. 71 no. 2 2011 periodical issue
A Literature That Refuses to Go Missing Jennifer Mills , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , February 2012;

— Review of Southerly vol. 71 no. 2 2011 periodical issue

'Aboriginal people are far more written about than heard, more often the subject of journalistic, medical, sociological, anthropological, and fictional narratives than the author...'

BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

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