Blood Memory

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Winner of the John Bray Poetry Award in the 2020 SA Festival Awards.Shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award in the 2020 NSW Premier's Awards.Highly commended in the 2020 Victorian Premier's Awards.

Archival-Poetics is an embodied reckoning with the State’s colonial archive and those traumatic, contested and buried episodes of history that inevitably return to haunt; a way of knowing and being in the world that carries us lovingly back and forward and back again toward something else restorative/ transformed/ honouring/ just. Family records at the heart of this work highlight policy measures targeting Aboriginal girls for removal into indentured domestic labour, and trigger questions on surveillance, representation and agency. This is a shared story; a decolonising project through poetic refusal, resistance and memory-making. It is our memory in the blood, and it does not always flow easily.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherVagabond Press
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)978-1-925735-21-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameArchival Poetics
PublisherVagabond Press


  • Poetry
  • John Bray Poetry Award
  • Kenneth Slessor Poetry Award
  • Colonial archive
  • Decolonising project
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal girls
  • Stolen generations


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