Stephen Muecke grew up in Newcastle and Melbourne. He graduated from Monash University and continued his studies in Paris. After travelling in Europe and North Africa, he returned to Perth to work on his PhD, a semiotic analysis of oral narratives from the Kimberleys. It was during his research that his friendship with Paddy Roe began.
He has taught at a number of Australian universities, most recently as Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Joe in the Andamans : And Other Fictocritical Stories2008selected work essay 'At a dinner party in Sydney, the famous French philosopher Jacques Derrida...asked Muecke, "why the centre?". The Search for answers to such philosophical and postcolonial questions has taken the author on many travels.' - from back cover
About this Little Devil and this Little Fella1999single work picture book Indigenous story children's 'This greedy little fella just can't stop eating honey and won't go home with his mother. The grumpy little devil is nearby chopping wood to make a fire to cook his dinner. But first, he has to catch it.' (Publisher's blurb)
'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.