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John Muk Muk Burke John Muk Muk Burke i(A14501 works by) (a.k.a. Muk Muk (Bush Name); John Burke; John Mukky Burke; Mukky )
Born: Established: 1946 Narrandera, Narrandera area, Leeton - Narrandera area, Riverina - Murray area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal Wiradjuri ; Irish ; Aboriginal
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John Muk Muk Burke left school at fifteen and worked in the Post Office before going on a working holiday to New Zealand where he was eventually accepted into Auckland Teacher's College in 1967. He has taught in schools in New Zealand, Darwin and outback Northern Territory as a music and art teacher. Bourke has also lectured in History and English Literature at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Northern Territory University and worked with Aboriginal inmates at the Goulburn Correctional Centre. From 1998 to 2001, he was a judge for the Unaipon Award.

In 1989, Bourke travelled to Europe and wrote the first draft of Bridge of Triangles while he was in France. He says in everything he writes he tries to give shape to the experiences of Aboriginal people, including his family.

The recipient of the 1993 Unaipon Award and the 2000 Kate Challis RAKA Award, in 2018, he was on the steering committee of the Black Wallaby Writers Project.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Night Song and Other Poems Darwin : Northern Territory University Press , 1999 Z1146352 1999 selected work poetry
2000 winner Australian Centre Literary Awards The Kate Challis RAKA Award Poetry
y separately published work icon Bridge of Triangles St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 Z24005 1994 single work novel 'Chris Leeton is tormented but also sustained by his growing need to cross over the landscape of his Aboriginal ancestors... In the struggle to keep the family together in Sydney's grim commission housing, schoolboy Chris is tender witness to poverty and despair. In time he comes to understand that they are exiles in their own land. He senses that it is his generation that must cross the bridge back to that landscape which defines his people's existence.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
1993 winner Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer : David Unaipon Award
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