Early 20th Century Poetry. Judith Wright

Recently I went on a weekend stay not far from Armidale. It was a long car trip in the ’65 Falcon, and as we hit the New England Highway, I thought of Judith Wrights poem “Niggers Leap, New England” and how close we would be to the location illustrated in the text. The following day we went to the lookout, the deep chasm was cool and windy in the dry heat.

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Our view from the lookout

 

Judith Wright was once called “the conscience of the nation”. I believe her work was intrinsic to the formation of a modern Australian voice through her passionate engagement in the world of poetry, activism and reconciliation. Below you will find a digital kit that explores the life and work of Judith Wright

Biographical
http://www.nla.gov.au/events/doclife/brady.html
http://www.miscelaneajournal.net/images/stories/articulos/vol16/bureu16.pdf
Biographies on Judith Wrights life and writing. Drawn from Wrights’ Autobiography.

Writing and Values
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfwBDnaarmo
One in series of lectures from the wheeler Centre on Australian literature, Chris Wallace-Crabbe discusses the poetry of Judith Wright, her career, character, and consciousness.
Judith Wright found a modern Australian language.

http://aso.gov.au/titles/tv/poetry-australia-judith-wright/notes/
A rare interview with Judith Wright. The discussion draws on Wright’s passion towards major themes that emerge in her work. Interestingly these are often issues we still grapple with in Australia today, such as environmental devastation and the loss of Indigenous culture and belonging.

Interpretation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCpXd9v-9ag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jHv1VLt4rY
Katie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet reimagines the words of Judith’s Wrights poems through song and music. Judith wright once notably commented that she didn’t want her poetry taught in schools as she objected to “being turned into an instrument of torture for school children,” she went on to say that “everybody ought to be introduced to poetry… but I don’t think they should be penalised for not liking it.” This project which sets Judith Wrights poems to music invites everyone to access her writing, even those who aren’t partial to poetry.

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Judith Wright, pictured in the Brisbane Times

 

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