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Judith Wright McKinney interviewed by Heather Rusden [sound recording]
Bib ID 427802
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Wright, Judith, 1915-2000, Interviewee
Access Conditions Open access for research & personal copies; permission of literary executor for public use of interviewee's readings of own works. 
Description 1987-1988 
20 tape reels (ca. 1117 min.): 7 1/2 ips, 2 track + full track, stereo + mono ; 10, 7 and 5 in. 

Wright McKinney reflects on her life as a writer, her relationship with the land, Aboriginal rights, participation in the conservation movement and reads some of her poems. She describes childhood influences; early writing; Armidale in the Depression; Sydney University; Women's College; Aborigines; pseudonym; Fisher Library; pre-war Germany, Ceylon; views on Auden, MacNiece; Wooloomoolo gypsies; 1930s Sydney social divisions; Mary Gilmore; Miles Franklin; Doc Evatt; New Theatre; communism; Wallamumbee 1941-43; night writing; first publishing poetry; stepmother; Brisbane during WWII; Jim Devanney, Clem Christensen; Meanjin; Jindyworobak anthologies; Jack McKinney; Mt Tambourine; Furphy's Such is Life; Nettie & Vance Palmer; songs of her poetry; Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld; husband's ill-health; Francis James, Charles Blackman, A.D. Hope; Australian literary criticism; prose; publishing overseas; husband's death; lecturing; film of The Blind Man; filming Shadow's Sister; Committee of Inquiry into the National Estate; Australian Council for the Arts; Nugget Coombs; grants; Bruce Dawe; Whitlam years; Braidwood property; fellowships; Michael Dransfield; thoughts on being interviewed; Aboriginal rights; Aboriginal Treaty Committee; makarata; deeds of grant in trust; Mabo; Bob Brown; Greenpeace; Nuclear Disarmament Party; language degeneration; contemporary poetry; poetry readings; Soil Conservation Commission.


Recorded at the National Library of Australia, Canberra and at the home of Heather Rusden, Red Hill, ACT between 18 September 1987 and 12 May 1988.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available (typescript, 655 leaves) 
Subjects Wright, Judith, 1915-2000 -- Interviews.  |  Women poets -- Australia -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Interviews.  |  Conservation of natural resources -- Australia -- History.
Other authors/contributors Rusden, Heather, 1948-, Interviewer


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