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Blakwork - Alison Whittaker

Blakwork

By: Alison Whittaker

Paperback | 1 September 2018

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Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing

A stunning mix of memoir, reportage, fiction, satire, and critique composed by a powerful new voice in poetry. Alison Whittaker’s Blakwork is an original and unapologetic collection from which two things emerge; an incomprehensible loss, and the poet’s fearless examination of the present.

Whittaker is unsparing in the interrogation of familiar ideas – identifying and dissolving them with idiosyncratic imagery, layering them to form new connections, and reinterpreting what we know.

About the Author

Alison Whittaker is an Australian poet and essayist. She has worked in media law and women's law and policy. In 2015 she was name Indigenous Law Student of the Year. In 2016, her poem, Many Girls White Linen, won the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She shared the award with Holly Isemonger, who won for her poem, OK Cupid.
Industry Reviews
'Alison Whittaker’s second book, Blakwork is a bold mix of poetry, micro-fiction, memoir and critique, and a follow-up to her award-wining debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire...Whittaker has drawn on the strength of past generations to become a strong blak woman in contemporary Australia, and readers are gifted her insights into growing up blak. With a unique style of writing, she bravely unpacks themes such as colonisation and Aboriginal rights in Australia.'
Karen Wyld, Books+Publishing

'The way Gomeroi words are always bursting through the English in Blakwork feels more like the future than the past. It’s surely one of the key books in our current Aboriginal literary and linguistic renaissance.'
Gregory Day, Australian Book Review — Books of the Year 2018

2019 ALS Gold Medal Longlist

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