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Mudrooroo Mudrooroo i(A21562 works by) (a.k.a. Colin Johnson Mudrooroo; Colin Johnson Nyoongah; Colin Johnson; Mudrooroo Narogin; Mudrooroo Nyoongah)
Also writes as: Colin Johnson
Born: Established: 21 Aug 1938 Narrogin, Narrogin - Pingelly area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 20 Jan 2019 Brisbane, Queensland,
Gender: Male
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1 y separately published work icon Post Landrights Fiasco Blues Mudrooroo , (Manuscript version)x401195 Z920742 single work poetry
1 City Taming the Country i "Computerised and formalised on demand", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Grandfather Tree i "I came, you taught me the dead live on", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Visiting a House Where Once I Lived i "Visiting a house where once I lived", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Sunlight i "How warmly the sun seeks to penetrate my skin tones", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Skyline i "The very skyline lights up with Coca-Cola (Registered Trade Mark) signs", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Simple Shit i "This simple shit, I give to you", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Sadness i "Sadness creeps into the withering heat", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Northern Slights of Fancy i "Northern slights of fancy mar my breathing", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 The Roadrunner on a Sandbar i "A new place to settle into", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Recession 1991 i "Fifty two's a bit too old", Mudrooroo , single work poetry
1 Untitled Mudrooroo , single work review
— Review of Prince of the Lilies Rod Jones , 1991 single work novel
1 `Couldn't Ya Cry, If Ya Couldn't Laugh' Mudrooroo , single work review
— Review of Real Deadly Ruby Langford Ginibi , 1992 selected work poetry prose extract
1 1 y separately published work icon Tripping with Jenny Mudrooroo , Royal Exchange : ETT Imprint , 2019 18327255 2019 single work autobiography 'Mudrooroo (aka Colin Johnson) had planned to write a multi-volume autobiography, but passed away in January 2019 shortly after completing the first installment, Tripping with Jenny. It is published here posthumously, marking the end of an illustrious literary career.Tripping with Jenny follows the adventures of a young Aborigine identified only by his nickname, Skippy, originally from outback Western Australia, the author of a successful first novel, Wild Cat Falling. He and his wife Jenny set out from Melbourne on the overland route to London via Asia. It is the mid-60s, and the book draws a vivid picture of a time of social unrest and experimentation, of rapid cultural change. On their year-long journey, the couple spend much time hunting for ganja (hashish), 'tripping' on marihuana and other drugs. The author's interest in Eastern religions leads to an initiation into Buddhism that becomes an important part of his existential quest for identity. A picaresque novel of self-discovery, the book explores what it means to be 'on the road' and 'at home'; it highlights the importance of exploring new political horizons in a complex part of the world characterized by the disappearance of an obsolete Imperial order and the trauma of decolonization, as well as the search for alternative cultural models and experiences on the route to 'swinging London'.In Tripping with Jenny, Mudrooroo chooses not to re-visit the controversy regarding the origins of his biological family. However, the book provides important new insights into the formative years of his life, as a young adult and budding writer. Tripping with Jenny leaves no doubt regarding Mudrooroo's insistence on an Indigenous identity based on a life lived and acknowledged as an Aboriginal person. This book includes photographs from the 'tripping, and an Afterword by Gerhard Fischer, on the importance of this novel in the life of Mudrooroo.' (Publication summary)
1 y separately published work icon Balga Boy Jackson Mudrooroo , Exile Bay : ETT Imprint , 2017 12306145 2017 single work novel historical fiction

'... a boy born long ago in 1938 who was named Balga or Black Boy. He had an Aboriginal mother and an African-American father who bequeathed to him the spiky mop of hair which gave him his name. So it is said. Now read on.

'Balga Boy Jackson is the long awaited new novel of Mudrooroo. He returns to his roots to give us a vivid life story of an Australian Black Boy - naturally with a pun, Balga is the Australian grass tree called in Western Australia the Black Boy. Mudrooroo, who hails from Cuballing in the West, takes us on Balga Boy's journey to Fitzroy and Kings Cross. The late fifties and early sixties comes alive through Balga's own Blues and musical journey, and he says: "This is how It was, for a lot of us."

'Old readers of Mudrooroo who enjoyed Wild Cat Falling, Dr. Wooreddy and the Master of the Ghost Dreaming series, will enjoy this book and new readers will begin to understand Australia from a black and blues perspective.' (Publication summary)

1 How I Tried to Change My Name Mudrooroo , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 42 no. 1 2016; (p. 49-54)
1 Why Whatever Sadness i "Old age creeps on in with battered wings to dry to fly far", Mudrooroo , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 74 no. 3 2014;
1 Some People I Declare i "You know some people are sad cases, nothing much", Mudrooroo , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 151)
1 The Yellow House Mudrooroo , 2014 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 62-76)
1 A Long Embrace i "Ho body how long have we been together", Mudrooroo , 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 74 no. 2 2014;