Links

Here you will find links to videos and other materials that are relevant to essays posted on my website.

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In my essay on ‘Remembrance in the Wake of Suicide’ I discussed some of the work of Dr John Boulton. His book Aboriginal Children, History and Health was launched in Sydney a few days ago. The book develops some of the themes that Dr Boulton has been working on concerning intergenerational trauma. According to the description: ‘The high rate and root causes of ill-health amongst Aboriginal children are explored through a unique synthesis of historical, anthropological, biological and medical analyses.’ I recommend it highly.

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My essay on Crypto-Creatures mentioned Robert Nugent’s film about night parrots. It will be shows at the Sydney Film Festival next month. Congratulations to Robert! (get tickets here) In that essay I mentioned that I would be writing to Bush Heritage about their use of 1080. That letter is now in the post, and I’m looking forward to their response. (Bush Heritage Letter 20-5-16)

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Shortly after posting my essay ‘Remembrance, in the wake of suicide’, I came across a hard-hitting article by John Pilger on starvation and other terrible matters in Central Australia (view here).

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In response to my essay on Lively Water,  I received an email from an artist in Sweden, Jeanette Scharing, who also works with water, vials, and plants, showing visitors that water is a living being. Her website shows some of her entrancing work:  http://www.fiberartsweden.nu/content/jeanette-schäring-submersive-aquagarden

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There is great news about the MOOC! My university (UNSW) has launched a number of these new courses, and one of them is ‘Environmental Humanities: Remaking Nature‘. I am happy to be one of the educators, and I’m thrilled that over 7,000 people have joined this course! (MOOC = massive open online course)

Those of you who want to read my article ‘Taking Notice’ can access it here.

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Anne Boyd commented on my ‘Ways Toward Compassion‘ post, that she has enjoyed my sister Betsy’s song ‘Welcome to the Circle’, and used it herself as an opening for gatherings she organises. To hear the song: listen here.  To learn more about  Anne Boyd and her eco-spiritual work, visit Earthsong.

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Russell Edwards offered some thoughtful comments on my essay The Goodness of Salmon. He mentioned a short passage of mine that he particularly enjoyed and that comes from my book Nourishing Terrains. This beautifully produced book is no longer in print but it can be downloaded, and it still has the lovely prints made by the artist Badger Bates. It also includes a poem by a man who at that time was relatively unknown but has now become one of Australia’s finest authors – Tony Birch. (download here)

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In my essay ‘Writing Ecology ~ Martin Harrison‘ I mention Martin’s poem ‘White-tailed Deer’.  I was then sent an audio recording of him reading this wonderful poem. Thanks to Nick Keys and Peter Boyle!

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Just after I posted my ‘Dingo Prayers‘ essay I had an invitation from Dingo Simon to visit him and his dingoes at his sanctuary. He had just been interviewed by the ABC, and a day or two later they interviewed me as well. It was a lovely convergence! The story is very good (view here)!

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Recently I was sent the final cut of a short documentary about flying foxes. It  is beautifully structured, and contains what I think is one of the most direct, unambiguous, lack-of-bullshit statements ever made on the problems flying foxes face, as discussed in several posts, for example ‘On the Torture of Small Animals‘. See: ‘Hanging in the Balance’ – A documentary about bats  [In Australia, bats are one of the most misunderstood and persecuted groups of wildlife. However, many people are unaware of the critical ecological roles ….]

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In several earlier essays I discussed the terrible events in Charters Towers – the cruel vilification and torture of flying-foxes, and the failure of compassion, empathy, and civil tolerance.  The event was called a ‘dispersal’, and like the older language of colonisation, ‘dispersal’ covered a multitude of crimes. Noel Castley-Wright has made a terrific video called ‘State of Shame’, is now available (view here). Highly recommeded!!!
'Bat Dispersal in Charters Towers'
‘Bat Dispersal in Charters Towers’
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And for a bit of fun, for a change (!), here is the link to a radio play I had a role in. — “Like a Writing Desk”, written by the talented Aden Rolfe, and produced by two outstanding sound artists: Jane Ulman and Russell Stapleton.  You can download the audio from ABC radio national (listen here).

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In an earlier essay I wrote about the conference I attended in Sudbury Ontario on ‘Thinking Extinction’.  The videos of all the speeches are now available online and are great teaching and learning tools. (view here).
Thinking Extinction Logo
Thinking Extinction Logo
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 First Image: ‘Conversation -L’Hirondelle de fenêtre’, by serguei_30 (CC)

4 thoughts on “Links

  1. Hi Deborah, I am writing to you direct to see if you can help me. I am researching the life of Thelma Hawkes the late publican at Top Springs…she died in 1981. Your book Hidden Histories was part of a display about Wave Hill walk off at the library in Parliament in Darwin. I wonder if you know where I can buy a copy? Do you have any left? The usual online booksellers do not have stock. I am very much enjoying reading your work across so many areas of mutual interest….. Best wishes Jon Faine from Melbourne but currently in Darwin.

    1. dear jon, lovely to hear from you. hidden histories is out of print, and i don’t have spare copies myself. it was very disappionting that aboriginal studies press allowed this to happen.
      there isn’t anything about ‘Ma Hawks’ in it. i do remember her vividly. there were some horrible nicknames, and they did suit. what a character, i suppose one could say. best wishes in your research, cheers, deborah

  2. I only discovered your writing last year and am slowly working my way through your books. As someone who has travelled in country in North Queensland in the 1960s as a child and later in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and who is currently a wage slave in Sydney they are a continual wellspring of refreshment, and hope. Thank you.

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