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y separately published work icon Ruby Moonlight single work   novel  
Alternative title: Ruby Moonlight : A Novel of the Impact of Colonisation in Mid-North South Australia Around 1880
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Ruby Moonlight
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'A verse novel that centres around the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Ruby’s courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.'

Source: Magabala Books.

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Unit Suitable ForAC: Year 10 (NSW Stage 5)

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Themes

Aboriginal history and culture, Books by Indigenous creators, History, Indigenous culture, relationships

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Personal and social

Cross-curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

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Contents

* Contents derived from the Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,:Magabala Books , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Naturei"nature can swirl", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 6)
Harmonyi"in warm afternoon light", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 7)
Morningi"ribbons of campfire smoke", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 8)
Warningi"the old man and his wife", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 9)
Ambushi"hack hack hack", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work novel (p. 10)
Silencei"the ambience of the morning is ruined", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 11)
Shadowi"this survivor is a lubra", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 12)
Birdsi"senses shattered by loss", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 13)
Ochrei"green and bright blue flits of colour", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 14)
Wanderi"the desert of her mind has determined wanderings", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 15)
Wanderi"the desert of her mind has determined wanderings", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 15)
Dreami"in her sleep she dreams", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 16)
Shelteri"there is a bend along the river", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 17)
Washi"her new life starts", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 18)
Sedgei"the woman weaves baskets from sedge", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 19)
Giftsi"the gift of gentle rain", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 20)
Intrudei"another rain storm", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 21)
Smokei"from within the wattle bush hide", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 22)
Bunyipi"the lubra follows", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 23)
Shacki"inside the earthen shack", Ali Cobby Eckermann , single work poetry (p. 24)

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y separately published work icon Ali Cobby Eckermann : On 'Ruby Moonlight' Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2020 19326836 2020 single work podcast interview

'Ali Cobby Eckermann is one of Australia's finest poets. In this interview, she talks at length about Ruby Moonlight, her massacre verse novel exploring colonisation in Australia.

'Ruby Moonlight received the black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship and the Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature in 2012, as well as the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary and History Awards in 2013.

'In 2020 Ali is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. To listen to Ali speak about her other works, listen to this interview on The Garret, recorded in late 2019.'

Source: The Garret.

Reading and Viewing : [Indigenous Texts for Year 7 - 10] Deborah McPherson , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 54 no. 1 2019; (p. 76-82)
Ali Cobby Eckermann's Personal Story 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Publishers Weekly , 29 December vol. 265 no. 1 2017;

'In Too Afraid to Cry: Memoir of a Stolen Childhood (Norton, Mar. 2018), Ali Cobby Eckermann, one of the Stolen Generation--the Aboriginal children taken from their birth mothers to be raised in white families--describes in heartbreaking detail the unjust, racist treatment of her people by the Australian government. The book, written in both prose and poetry, came to be only after Eckermann's decades-long search for her Aboriginal family resulted in a transformative reunion with the mother she didn't know and numerous other relatives she didn't know existed. [...]I was out there with family and community members who were saying, 'Ali, you've got to write about this and stick up for us.'' (Publication summary)

Aboriginal Poet Living in Penury Receives $ AUD 20,000 Prize 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Times of India , 4 March 2017;
'It was almost unbelievable for a very tearful Ali Cobby Eckermann when she described the impact of a literary prize worth $ AUD 200,000 in her life and family, that had witnessed all these years the predicaments of the Australian Stolen Generations.' (Introduction)
Australian Poetry Now Bronwyn Lea , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Poetry , May 2016; (p. 185-191)
'Once asked what poets can do for Australia, A.D. Hope replied: “They can justify its existence.” Such has been the charge of Australian poets, from Hope himself to Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright to Les Murray, Anthony Lawrence to Judith Beveridge: to articulate the Australian experience so that it might live in the imagination of its people. While the presence and potency of the Australian landscape remains an abiding interest, a great deal of Australian poetry has been innovative and experimental, with poets such as Robert Adamson, Michael Dransfield, Vicki Viidikas, John Forbes, Gig Ryan,   J.S. Harry, and Jennifer Maiden leading the way. The richness, strength, and vitality of Australian poetry is marked by a prodigious diversity that makes it as exhilarating to survey as it is challenging to encapsulate.' (Introduction)
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 May 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Karrawirra Parri : Walking the Torrens from Source to Sea Mike Ladd , 2012 single work prose ; Thirty Days' Notice Cath Kenneally , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel
Struggles of Life and Death Michael Farrell , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17-18 November 2012; (p. 22-23)

— Review of Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel ; Looking out from Bashan: The Republic of Og Mark Reid , 2012 selected work poetry
Poetry Deborah McPherson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 47 no. 2 2012; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel
Sarah Holland-Batt on Anthony Lawrence and Ali Cobby Eckermann Sarah Holland-Batt , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 72 no. 3 2012;

— Review of Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel ; The Welfare of My Enemy Anthony Lawrence , 2011 single work poetry
Poetry Two New Long Poems Ali Alizadeh , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2012;

— Review of Marionette : Notes Toward the Life and Times of Miss Marion Davies Jessica Wilkinson , 2012 selected work poetry ; Ruby Moonlight Ali Cobby Eckermann , 2012 single work novel
Indigenous Writing Project Nic Murray , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 9 May no. 263 2012; (p. 39)
Reflections Rachel Scollay , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 16 May no. 526 2012; (p. 21)
Huge Power in Sparse Narratives Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 May 2013; (p. 18)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 21)
Aspects of Australian Poetry in 2012 Michelle Cahill , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 68-91)

'T he act of reading for appraisal rather than pleasure is a privilege that brings me to a deepened understanding of the contemporary in Australian poetry, the way the past is being framed, its traditions, celebrities and enigmas washed up in new and hybrid appearances or redressed in more conventional, sometimes nimbus forms. Judith Wright wrote that the ‘place to find clues is not in the present, it lies in the past: a shallow past, as all immigrants to Australia know, and all of us are immigrants.’ The discipline of reading to filter such a range of voices underlines my foreignness, making reading akin to translation, whilst reciprocally inviting the reader of this essay to become a foreigner to my assumptions and conclusions.' (Introduction)

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