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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Tony Birch : 'Too Many Australians Remain Ignorant of Aboriginal Writing'
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'I discovered the post-national novel on Melbourne's North Richmond railway station in 1971 when I was 15 years old. I had been expelled from school after falling through a shop window in a fight with another boy. I was slightly built but never bullied, as my father had taught me to box above my weight. Although I learned little in high school, I was a voracious reader. I'd held a public library card from the age of five, and picked up secondhand paperbacks whenever I could. My train was cancelled that day and I had a further half hour to wait. I retrieved a novel from my bag that I had borrowed from the library.' (Introduction)


  • Editor's note: This is an edited extract of a keynote address given in Melbourne as part of the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference.

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