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Julie Janson Julie Janson i(A15650 works by) (a.k.a. Julie Jedda Janson)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Dharug
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Julie Janson began writing plays with the Australian Aboriginal community while living in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Some of her plays include 'Lotus War '(radio and stage - about a Vietnamese warrior women written for the Asian Arts Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival), 'Season to Taste' (radio and stage), 'Venus in Eritrea,', 'Kera Putih' [White Monkey], set in Bali and 'Satan in Arizona'. Her plays often have an Indigenous and an inter-cultural focus.

In 2001, she was awarded an Asialink Literature Residency in Indonesia. During her residency in Indonesia, she workshopped 'The Crocodile Hotel', set in the Northern Territory in the 1970s and Sulawesi in 1920. She also visited theatres and arts organisations across Java, Sumatra and Bali and was hosted by Petra University in Surabaya

She has also been a Writer in Residence in Canberra and Hobart in 2002.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Benevolence Broome : Magabala Books , 2020 18673106 2020 single work novel historical fiction

'For perhaps the first time in novel form, Benevolence presents an important era in Australia’s history from an Aboriginal perspective.

'Benevolence is told from the perspective of Darug woman, Muraging (Mary James), born around 1813. Mary’s was one of the earliest Darug generations to experience the impact of British colonisation. At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. From here she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home.

'The novel spans the years 1816-35 and is set around the Hawkesbury River area, the home of the Darug people, Parramatta and Sydney. The author interweaves historical events and characters - she shatters stereotypes and puts a human face to this Aboriginal perspective.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2020 longlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
Acacia Land i "Can you see this picture - in Ngiyampaa and Gamilaraay country?", 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 234 2019; (p. 24-26) Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Artists 2021; (p. 96-97)
2018 winner The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Waiali Possum Cloak i "By waragal nightfall, Koori ngurra, Black’s camp. Firelight – tree flickering. Sounds of singing, gumleaf playing, trilling.", 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , October 2018;
2018 highly commended Queensland Poetry Festival Awards Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize

Known archival holdings

Drafts of three plays and notes and correspondence connected with them, together with three notebooks. The plays are Gunjies (1990-91, produced 1993); Lotus War (1993-95, produced 1995) and Black Mary (1992-96, produced 1997). National Library of Australia (ACT)
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