Performance for the People


Every memory has a point of departure.

My own starting point was a Wednesday in late August, 1980. The place was Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island) off the coast of Queensland in Quandamooka (Moreton Bay), half an hour east of Brisbane. The person was the then Kath Walker, who had graciously promised to "Speak with me for a few minutes". And who was I? An eager but naive Canadian postgraduate student at the Australian National University—a stranger to Queensland; one who had only been in the country six months.

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Published 1 November 1994 in Oodgeroo: a tribute. Subjects: Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal drama & theatre, Racism, Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Cite as: Shoemaker, Adam. ‘Performance for the People.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 16, no. 4, 1994, doi: 10.20314/als.7d4ffaeedb.