- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley
Paddy Roe, edited by Stephen Muecke
A groundbreaking presentation, in a revised edition, of Indigenous Australian storytelling as it actually sounds; these stories provide a fascinating picture of the life of the people of the west Kimberley after colonisation. Paddy Roe was a legendary figure in the revival and maintenance of law and culture in the Broome area in the mid-twentieth century. In this book he continues and revitalises one of the great literary traditions of Australia.
Stephen Muecke is a leading Australian academic whose work has encompassed a number of disciplines in the humanities. With Paddy Roe, Muecke is co-writer of the prize-winning Reading the Country.
Praise for Gularabulu:
Gularabulu is a truly remarkable and engaging work. Gularabulu is both noteworthy for the techniques Muecke uses and as an engrossing insight into the stories of the West Kimberley. This book would be useful to anyone who wishes to learn more about Aboriginal storytelling methods, or those simply wishing to immerse themselves with the world and stories of Paddy Roe.ASHLEIGH BLECHYDEN, AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL STUDIES
A challenge, a delight…no short sample could give an adequate sense of the vivacious, artful naturalness of Paddy Roe’s recitations…a deeply beguiling book.CHRIS WALLACE-CRABBE, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
A remarkable book…a new tradition in Australian Literature has just been born.BOB HODGE, WESTERLY
Recommended to all who are interested in how Aboriginal identity came to be what it is, and as a sensitive evocation of Aboriginality as it was.ANNETTE SCHMIDT, MEANJIN
To read this book is to be always moving somewhere else, away from the confines of Western literature, of settlement, and of the edifice of colonial thought.STUART COOKE, THE CONVERSATION
This is challenging and beguiling to read, and an important milestone in Australian literature.CAMERON WOODHEAD, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Gularabulu is a spectacular continuation in the tradition of First Nations storytelling from the Kimberley.PHILLIP HALL, PLUMWOOD MOUNTAIN