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Roland Robinson interviewed by Robert Darby [sound recording]
Bib ID 2190571
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Robinson, Roland, 1912-1992, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1980 Nov. 24 
2 sound cassettes (ca. 120 min.) : analog, mono. 
Summary

TAPE 1. Robinson talks about: Australia's inspiration for his poetry writing; his belief that Australia needs a national culture and literature; the problems in making a living while writing poetry; the Jindyworobak poets; the importance of form in a poem; fellow poets; the Aboriginal culture. TAPE 2. He describes the time he formed a publishing company; the influence of his early life on his poetry.

Biography/History

Born in Ireland he migrated to Australia at age 9 and after leaving Hurstville Technical School he worked in various bush jobs and as a ballet dancer. During WWII he lived with the Aborigines in the Northern Territory. He joined the nationalist literary group, the Jindyworobaks founded by Rex Ingamells in 1938 and intent on familiarising Australians with their unique environment. He became a prolific writer of verse drawing upon landscape, Aboriginal mythology and Altjeringa (the Dreaming) for imagery to inspire a clearer national identity. He published 8 titles of verse.

Notes

Recorded on Nov. 24, 1980.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (transcript, 44 leaves) 
Subjects Robinson, Roland, 1912-1992 -- Interviews.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- History and criticism.  |  Jindyworobak movement -- History.  |  Identity (Psychology) in literature.  |  Australian literature -- History and criticism.  |  Australian poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Other authors/contributors Darby, Robert, 1953-2019, Interviewer

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