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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations
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'Joy Williams - Janaka Wiradjuri - was a difficult personality, and she made herself so. This book explains how and why she, and so many other people like her never had a chance.

Moving from Joy's untimely death in a Primbee flat, to the ten years she spent pursuing a negligence claim against the NSW Government, through two lost appeals and on to the beginning of her life, Read takes us on a mesmerising and evocative journey that offers a rare historical insight into institutions, street life and indigenous and urban culture between 1942 and 2006.

Written in a poignant new biographical style of writing, Read uses direct speech to dramatise the work - often employing Joy's own words and incorporating many of her poems throughout the novel to confront the reader with a dynamic depth of narrative.' (From the publisher's website.)

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Notes

  • Epigraph: It's not fair. If I start crying I'll never stop. I never will. Sometimes I'm so frightened of dropping a cup. Or tripping on a feather. Because if I trip I can't [get up], I can't do it. And they're not going to take me out of the world like that. Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams, 2003

  • Epigraph: IF ONLY If only I had the courage to Trip over a white cockatoo feather! Listen, sisters, I would fly with rage and Let loose all the anger and Hate - For being - ME! Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams, 1996

Contents

* Contents derived from the Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,:UWA Publishing , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A Cup of Milki"'Please, Mum, may I have", Joy Williams , 2007 single work poetry (p. 70-71)
The Joy I Knewi"We talked that morning, as we often did", Barbara Nicholson , 2007 single work poetry (p. 142-144)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2009 .
      image of person or book cover 6067514524932720291.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xxxv, 149p., [8]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Includes:

        • Bibliography: pp.147-148.
        • Forword by Julie-Anne Williams pp. xii-xiii
        • Preface by Professor Gordon Briscoe, Australian National University pp xiii-xvii
        • Introduction pp.xxvi-xxxiii
      ISBN: 9781921401350 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Tripping over Feathers Sarah Pinto , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 8 no. 3 2011; (p. 210-212)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Untitled Anna Cole , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 34 no. 2010; (p. 235-237)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Untitled Kate Darian-Smith , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , June vol. 41 no. 2 2010; (p. 247-248)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Two Special Lives Celebrated Margaret Smith , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 24 March no. 472 2010; (p. 42)
'An audience of well-wishers and colleagues attended the recent Sydney launch of two major works celebrating the lives of Gordon Briscoe and Joy Janaka Wiradjuir Williams.' Source: Koori Mail no. 472, 24 March 2010
No Chance Sarah Kanowski , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 318 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
No Chance Sarah Kanowski , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 318 2010; (p. 36)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Tripping Over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Jessica Broadbent , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher , November vol. 89 no. 4 2009; (p. 41)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Untitled Kate Darian-Smith , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , June vol. 41 no. 2 2010; (p. 247-248)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Untitled Anna Cole , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 34 no. 2010; (p. 235-237)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Tripping over Feathers Sarah Pinto , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: History Australia , vol. 8 no. 3 2011; (p. 210-212)

— Review of Tripping over Feathers : Scenes in the Life of Joy Janaka Wiradjuri Williams : A Narrative of the Stolen Generations Peter Read , 2009 single work biography
Two Special Lives Celebrated Margaret Smith , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 24 March no. 472 2010; (p. 42)
'An audience of well-wishers and colleagues attended the recent Sydney launch of two major works celebrating the lives of Gordon Briscoe and Joy Janaka Wiradjuir Williams.' Source: Koori Mail no. 472, 24 March 2010
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