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The Swan Book, Alexis Wright

2017 Indigenous Literature Week at ANZ LitLovers

Waanyi, Gulf of Carpentaria woman Alexis Wright (1950 – ) is older than I am, which is to say retirement age, but… 860 more words


The Writer and the Critic: Episode 61

The latest episode of our podcast is now available for direct download and streaming from the website or via subscription from iTunes. Feedback is most welcome! 136 more words

Books & Reading

Abilene's hairy body, her rotting teeth

A true, live wild pig whose grossly overgrown, black hairy body and a head filled with brown, rotting teeth, roamed with her legend across the whole length and breadth of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

(Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, ch. 4)


the beam from a kangaroo spotter

The yellow beam from the kangaroo spotter jerked all over the countryside, picking up images of Kevin staccato, then in slow motion.

(Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, ch. 4)


dragonflies flying around Choice

‘Elias always believed his own stories,’ Norm said through his eyes, while his jaws tightened with a sense of resignation, while he continued to look out the window at the dragonflies—blue, red, green—flying around Elias’s boat.

(Alexis Wright, Carpentaria 4)


pages, thousands of inked words

In those yellowing pages chewed by defecating vermin lay thousands of blue-inked words describing countless years of hot-collared Shire Council meetings debating imagined threats of invasion.

(Alexis Wright, Carpentaria 3)


Desperance police station

In his abundant spare time, the mild-mannered law enforcer had created around the grey besser brick building beautiful rose gardens that Uptown women now liked to walk in and admire.

(Alexis Wright, Carpentaria 3)