Cambria Press Publication: Giving this Country a Memory – Featured Author: Alf Taylor
Alf Taylor is a Yuat Nyoongar (who is also of Ngadu heritage). He is a prolific and versatile writer who has won several awards. Taylor has published two books of poetry, Singer Songwriter and Winds, and a collection of short fiction, Long Time Now (which has been translated into Spanish). A member of the Stolen Generations, Taylor has recently completed a book, God, the Devil and Me, based on his life story set in New Norcia Mission.
Excerpt from Cambria Press Publication
Giving This Country a Memory (Chapter 6: Alf Taylor )
“The very difficult issues of poverty and addiction which beset the Nyoongar community represented in these stories are thus framed by the mechanism of humour which affirms the strong presence of intracommunal support. […] Taylor’s fiction, in maintaining ambiguity, restores dignity and social hope. The prime vehicle for hope in the story is the humour mobilized in the service of yarning. The comedy is burlesque, bawdy, farcical. It is sharp and biting but often affectionate.” (p. 211; p. 213)
Giving This Country A Memory: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices of Australia by Anne Brewster is part of the Cambria Australian Literature Series, headed by Susan Lever.
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