Essay: Fair Australia Prize 2017
- Author: Julian Bull
- Title: Aussie Albert
- Published: 2017
- Trivia: Read essay in link Overland Literary Review
- Trivia: Julian Bull studied natural resources management and
- landscape architecture at the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne.
- What do you say when an essay leaves you speechless?
- Julian Bull gives a snapshot of Albert Namatjira
- …and a glimpse at the injustices befalling Indigenous Australians
- who are still denied a voice in
- …determining their destiny in contemporary Australia.
Julian Bull uses this photo to show the reader Aussie Albert’s situation:
“…Albert, standing there alone, crowned by a fan. A cord tangles its way between Albert’s hat and the back of one of his new mates via the uncirculating fan rendering their need for dialogue superfluous, given such a manifestation of electrical connectivity symbolising their unspoken accord.
“Albert’s been let into the boys’ club, the first, the one and only Indigenous Australian allowed in, but no-one’s talking to him, he’s not part of the forum, he’s not in the team.”
- I try to discover voices that don’t
- …seem to pop up on Goodreads.com.
- Julian Bull is one of these voices.
- The best way to find gems like Aussie Albert
- …is to read literary reviews:
- Overland (Aus), Dublin Review (Ire), The Sun (US),
- The Malahat Review (Canada)
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