CONTRIBUTORS

Phillip Hall

Phillip Hall lives in Melbourne’s Sunshine where he is a passionate member of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. His publications include Sweetened in Coals (Ginninderra Press), Borroloola Class (IPSI), Fume (UWAP) and (as editor) Diwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria (Blank Rune Press). He is currently working on a collection of ekphrastic poetry, inspired by an Objectivist poetics, which celebrates Melbourne’s western suburbs while tackling such issues as mental health and sport as performance art.

My Intervention (in Cowdy)

My Intervention story began in 2011 when I moved to the Northern Territory’s remote Indigenous Borroloola community; a designated growth town located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a few hundred kilometers from the Queensland border. As a teacher of outdoor education and health I am often sitting around a fire with kids sharing in the cooking of bush tucker parceled in paperbark while developing sport and camp programs designed to teach emotional resiliency, cooperative group learning, safe decision-making and environmental education. The love and generosity of Borroloola’s Indigenous communities in adopting me as family and welcoming me to Country has been my fire’s embers, stoked and releasing sparks, in plumes of rising heat.

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Dystopian Empire

Gossip spot-fires in Borroloola’s Big Camp, excitement incites The Gravel, at Malandari, shopkeepers look up from their stocktaking and the whitefulla foreskins forget their power: dem people fightin’! twobula bardibardi ini dirt an dem whitefullas can’t stop’em… The grey nomad …

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Borroloola Blue

All around our steel home’s broad bull-nosed veranda we’d jack-hammered rock, dug garden beds and ponds, fenced an oasis as we planned for shade, blossoms, wildlife and fruit. Amongst the natives we’d cultivated paw paws, frangipanis, mangoes, bananas … Security …

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