Bridge of Triangles

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Univ. of Queensland Press, Aug 1, 2012 - Fiction - 122 pages
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Chris Leeton is tormented but also sustained by his growing need to cross over into the landscape of his aboriginal ancestors. After the night of the flood, his Wiradjuri mother resolves to take her four children away from their riverbank home and her unhappy life with Chris's white father. In the struggle to keep the family together in Sydney's grim commission housing, schoolboy Chris is tender witness to poverty and despair. In time he comes to understand that they are exiles in their own land. He senses that it is his generation which must cross the bridge back to that landscape which defines his people's existence.

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John Muk Muk Burkewas born in Narrandera, New South Wales in l946, of a Wiradjuri mother and an Irish father. He has taught in primary schools in New Zealand, Darwin and outback Northern Terriroty, and has been a specialist art teacher and music advisor for the Northern Territory Department of Education. He was a lecturer in History and English Literature at the Centre for Aboriginal and Islander Studies at the Northern Territory University from 1992 to 2001. His poetry volumeNight Song and Other Poemswon the national Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2000. He served as a Unaipon judge 1998-2001. He is currently writing his next novel and recently worked as a teacher at the Goulburn Correctional Centre with Aboriginal inmates.

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