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Papers of Kevin Gilbert, 1969-1979 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2734494
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Gilbert, Kevin, 1933-1993
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1969-1979] 
28 cm. (2 boxes) 
Summary

1. Literary drafts, both typescript and handwritten, including: the plays "The Cherry pickers" (c. 1970), "The Gods Look Down" and "Ghosts in Cell 10" (1979); a collection of thirty poems, "Cry of Love" (c. 1970); an entry for the Judy Inglis essay competition, 1969; and "Because a white man'll never do it" (c. 1973). 2. Typescripts and proofs of interviews prepared for "Living black", c. 1977. 3. Correspondence, 1973-77. Fourteen letters, including carbon copies of letters written by Gilbert. Most of the correspondence is with Penguin Books and includes memoranda of agreements to publish. 4. Final draft with publisher's amendments of "People are legends", 1978. 5. Manuscripts and typescripts of children's poems collected by Gilbert for possible future publication, n.d. 6. Clippings of reviews of Gilbert's books, 1976-79.

Biography/History

Poet, playwright, artist and Aboriginal rights activist. While imprisoned for his wife's murder (1959-71) he began writing and producing linocuts. He was instrumental in establishing the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra in 1972. His publications include the play "The Cherry pickers"; the volumes of poetry "End of dreamtime" (1971), "People are legends" (1978) and "The Blackside" (1990); the political tract "Because a white man'll never do it (1973); and a collection of interviews with Aboriginal "Living Black" (1978). His book "Child's dreaming" (1992) was a view of the bush through a black child's eyes. His last book of verse, "Black from the edge" (1994) was published posthumously.

Notes

Manuscript reference no. : MS 2584.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E941

Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (2 p.). 
Subjects Gilbert, Kevin, 1933-1993 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1969-1979 
Occupation Authors
Exhibited Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 3 December 2012 - 3 May 2013. 

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