Span: Journal of the South Pacific Assoc for Cwlth Lit and Language Studies
Number 33, 1992
Edited by Jenny de Reuck & Hugh Webb

The Work of Mudrooroo Narogin

Thirty-one years of literary production, 1960-1991:
A comprehensive listing of primary materials (including unpublished work) with secondary sources

Hugh Webb

Colin Johnson changed his name to Mudrooroo Narogin in 1988 as a "special Bicentennial event". He is now known as Mudrooroo Nyoongah. In this listing the following authorial name-coding has been adopted:

CJ - works published under the name Colin Johnson

MN - works published under the name Mudrooroo Narogin

M - works published under the name Mudrooroo

MNy - works published under the name Mudrooroo Nyoongah

Mudrooroo describes the situation as follows:

I was born in Narrogin WA - hence my name. In 1988 I decided that to have an English name wasn't very appropriate. Seeing as I was born in a little place outside Narrogin called East Cuballing, which is only a post office and not much else, and since Narrogin was the name on my birth certificate I decided I would use "Narogin" at least as my nom-de-plume. "Mudrooroo" came about because I was talking to Oodgeroo Noonuccal in 1988 and she, in the course of discussion, said that we should have a working totem or dreaming. Then she said seeing that we are writers why not the paperbark tree? "Oodgeroo" means paperbark in the Noonuccal language and "Mudrooroo" means paperbark in the Bibbulmum language which is my mother's people's language; and so I changed my name to Mudrooroo. Now that evolved into "Mudrooroo Nyoongah" which is my people's name. I then became tired of explaining what Nyoongah meant. (The term "Aboriginal" or "Aborigine" is a white imposition on the indigenous peoples of Australia; being a Nyoongah means something different to being an "Aboriginal" - we're a mix of races who belong to the south-west of Western Australia.) So my name now is Mudrooroo Nyoongah and my nom-de-plume is Mudrooroo.

Aboriginal Voices, p.55.



CJ "Finish", Westerly, no. 3, 1960, pp.30-31.

CJ "A Missionary Would I Have Been", Westerly, no. 1, 1975, pp.5-11.

CJ "Safe Delivery", Westerly, no. 2, June 1976, pp. 5-7.

CJ: "Unter Kunstlern", Erkundungen (Berlin: Verlag Volk und Welk, 1980).

CJ "A Snake Story of the Nyoongah People: A children's tale" in Ulli Beier and Colin Johnson (eds.), Longwater/Bubu Weedarra : Aboriginal Art and Literature Annual 1988 (Sydney: Aboriginal Artists Agency, 1988), pp.32-35.

MN "Source of the Djangan : Told by Mudrooroo", Southerly, vol. 48, no. 4 (1988), pp.371-373.

MN Response to the painting 'Cahill Expressway', a story in Helen Daniel (ed.), Expressway (Melbourne: Penguin Books, 1989).

MN "Celebration of a Nation", part of "Paperbark" in Anna Rutherford (ed.), Aboriginal Culture Today (Sydney: Dangaroo Press - Kunapipi, 1988), pp.38-42 and in Mudrooroo Narogin, Writing from the Fringe (Melbourne, Hyland House, 1990), pp.182-86.

MN Three Stories in Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (ed.), Australian Legends and Landscapes (Sydney: Bow Press, 1990).

MN "A Walk on the Beachside" in McDonald, Roger (ed.), Gone Bush (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1990).

MN "Westralian Lead" in Knight, Stephen (ed.), Crimes for a Summer Christmas (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1990).

MN Two Stories in Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (ed.), Legends of our Land (Sydney: HBJ, 1991).


CJ Wild Cat Falling (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1965), reprinted 1966-1990: Angus and Robertson (second edition), Penguin Books (third edition), Sirius Quality Paperbacks (three reprints); Russian translation (1980).

"... a book about the coming together of a boy and a girl" - abandoned. See interview with Ulli Beier.

"A novel on a crime that actually happened in Western Australia ... was to be a drug investigation book" - incomplete (see Beier interview).

"... an untitled short erotic novel, a very stylistic piece of work in the French fashion ... based on the notion of liberation through sexuality in the tantric fashion" - unpublished (see Beier interview).

Unpublished novel (working title Meditation Camp) - notes lost: see interview with Ulli Beier.

Unpublished novel (Escape from the Great Whiteland) - rejected by publishers and manuscript burned by the author.

Unpublished novel MS (St Francis and the Detective): this is the manuscript referred to in the interview with Ulli Beier.

CJ Extracts from Long Live Pigeon! (cited as "work in progress") in Meanjin (Aboriginal Issue), vol. 36, no. 4, December 1977, pp. 494-507. Early draft of Long Live Sandawara.

CJ Long Live Sandawara (Melbourne: Quartet Books, 1979), second edition, Hyland House (1987); Swedish translation, Stockholm: Askild and Karnekull (1983).

Incomplete novel manuscript (called Marooned and Exiled). "The Aborigines were marooned on the island [Van Diemen's Land] at the end of the last iceage and the convicts were sent as exiles from England and Europe" (see Beier interview).

CJ Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1983 and New York: Ballantine, 1983), reprinted Hyland House (1987) and new American Editions (1986, 1990).

MN Doin Wildcat / A Novel Koori Script / As constructed by / Mudrooroo Narogin (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1988).

MN "Struggling", a novella in J. Davis, S. Muecke, M. Narogin and A. Shoemaker (eds.), Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings (Univ. of Queensland Press, 1990), pp.199-290.

MNy Master of the Ghost Dreaming: a novel by Mudrooroo (Sydney: Angus and Robertson Imprint, 1991). Author's full name shown as Mudrooroo Nyoongah.

MNy Forthcoming: The Man Who Wasn't There (Sydney : Collins/Angus and Robertson), due for publication : March, 1992).


CJ "The Dream of Queen Maya", "Babaseheb Dr. B.K. Ambedkar" and "The Lion of Sri Lanka" in Maha Bodhi Journal, Calcutta, 1982.

CJ "The Land", in introduction to Rock Paintings of Aboriginal Australia (Sydney: Reed, 1982).

CJ Four poems (translations) in Oceanic Literature, Hefai, China, 1982.

CJ "Colin Johnson Replies to Adam Shoemaker", Westerly, no. 4, December 1982, p.80; the piece is dated 'October, 1982'.

CJ "Bayreuth" in World Literature Written in English, vol. 24, no. 1 (1984), p.2.

CJ Introvisions on the Peripatetic of Paradise of Montri Umavijani, limited edition, Perth: the author, 1985.

CJ "Sunlight Spreadeagles Perth in Blackness: A bicentennial gift poem / by Colin Johnson / Perth, Western Australia, 1985" : manuscript with authorial notations; printed in full in Australian Literature : Course Reader, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1989.

CJ The Song Circle of Jacky and Selected Poems (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1986) including a Glossary.

CJ "Three Poems From India" in Ulli Beier (guest ed.), Long Water : Aboriginal Art and Literature, Aspect, no. 34, August 1986, pp. 88-89.

CJ "Six Poems by Colin Johnson", The Massachusetts Review, Amherst, USA, 1986.

CJ "Song Circle of Jacky", "They Give Jacky Rights", "Jacky Demonstrates For Land Rights", "Jacky Hears The Century Cry", "Jacky Sings Hit Songs", "Reincarnation" (revised versions of poems in The Song Circle) and "Streets" in Kevin Gilbert (ed.), Inside Black Australia : An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry (Penguin Books, 1988), pp. 40-46.

CJ Dalwurra : The Black Bittern, A Poem Cycle (Nedlands: Centre for Studies in

(MN) Australian Literature, 1988), includes an author's Introduction.

MN "200 Years of Tomorrow", Blast, Canberra, 1988.

MN "Two Poems from the Black Bittern", Antipodes, New York, 1988.

MN "Too Many Cooks in the Past" and "Talking in Hysterical Voices" in Anna

(CJ) Rutherford (ed.), Aboriginal Culture Today, pp.244-45.

MN "Song Four", "Crow", "Mole", "Drunkard" and "Time Flight" in Grono, William (ed.), Margins: A Selection of West Coast Poetry 1829-1988 (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1988), pp.281-284.

MN "Talking Author, a poem", Prairie Schooner (Lincoln, Nebraska, 1988/89).

MN "Country Dog in the City", "Song Twenty-One" and "Song Twenty-seven"

(CJ) (from The Song Circle of Jacky), and "Purple Loosestrife" in Haskell, Dennis and Fraser, Hilary (eds.), Wordhord: A Critical Selection of Western Australian Poetry (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1989), pp.287-289.

CJ Sunlight Spreadeagles Perth In Blackness : A bicentennial gift poem, By Colin Johnson, Perth, Western Australia, 1985, (including author's Glossary) approximately half of the original draft manuscript, in New Literatures Review, no. 17, summer south, 1989, pp. 50-68. Pages 1-3 of the draft poem appear in Hugh Webb, "Poetry as Guerilla Warfare: Colin Johnson's Semiotic Bicentennial Gift", New Literatures Review (same issue), pp. 43-45.

MN "Seeking Mudrooroo", unpublished poem read (by the author) on the programme What Do You Really Do For a Job? (SBS Television, Australia, April 4th, 1990). Transcribed here:

"Seeking Mudrooroo"

He came here with clapsticks
And a language broken from a conqueror's
He says 'No, sir', 'Maybe sir'
But never 'Yes, sir'
His words hit out at the shopping centres
And their states of mind
He desires to turn water into wine
And glass into silicon

His words should be treated
As the joke of his absence
Seeking Mudrooroo
They root out his totem
Bare ground to build an Aboriginal cemetery
Of stone etched by the chains of convicts
The claws of his feet
Are indecipherable scratches
The tap-tap of his computer fingers
Essays a programme
Lost in the clothing
Of absolute teletypes

The news is
No Abo Demos anymore
The flag is flayed
As the grass is killed
The leaders talk firewords
While their sons evade the gallows
For the sad cell knot

Seeking Mudrooroo
But the threat of his invisibility
Is a faintness of two hundred years of loss
And the gaining of words
To misuse and mash up his culture
Gone Silent

M "Beached Australian Party", Sydney Morning Herald, January 1991.

M The Garden of Gethsemane: Poems from the Lost Decade (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1991): includes 'Stradbroke Island Dreamings 1989' and 'Happy Birthday, Australia 1988'. Publisher's Notes state that he "is now working on his seventh novel, the second part of the Wildcat trilogy, and a film script adaption from his novel, Master of the Ghost Dreaming".


Unpublished verse-adaptation (titled The Little Red Car) of "a 6th Century Sanskrit play called The Little Clay Cart ... updated to the period of Mrs Ghandi's India" - incomplete (see Beier interview).

CJ Big Sunday, unpublished, a play workshopped at the National Aboriginal Playwright's Conference, Canberra, January 1987.

MN Mutjinggaba, The Place of the Old Woman, unpublished, a play workshopped at the Black Playwright's Conference, Sydney, January 1989.

MN Muller/Mudrooroo Project, workshopped and play reading, Belvoir Theatre, Sydney, 1991.


CJ Wildcat Falling, film script, reworked 1975-85.

CJ Co-producer with Peter Jeffery, Wangki, video-text, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1984.

MN Master of the Ghost Dreaming, film script, for Queensland Film Office, 1991.


CJ Co-author with Colin Bourke and Isobel White, Before the Invasion :Aboriginal Life to 1788 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1980).


CJ Educational Services for Aborigines in Victoria (Melbourne: Monash University, Aboriginal Research Centre, 1977).


MN "Missions' Mixed Blessings", The Age Saturday Extra, 16 April, 1988.

MN "Seeking Mudrooroo" poem: see above.

MN "Welfare's Child", The Independent Monthly, June 1990, pp.40-41.


"Colin Johnson: An Interview", Westerly, no. 3, 1975, pp. 33-37. Extensive work on a screenplay based on Wild Cat Falling is discussed here. The interview took place on 9 July 1975.

Discussion with Horst Ruthrof and Hugh Webb on Long Live Sandawara : see Webb, H. (ed.) transcript "A Competition of Discourses: Aboriginal Writing and Long Live Sandawara", radio studios 6UVS FM, Murdoch University, August 1982 - unpublished.

Colin Johnson : An Interview with Ulli Beier (Bayreuth : Iwalewa Haus, 1983).

Interview with David Kerr and Phillip Edmonds, "Recipe for a Writer" in The Bulletin Literary Supplement, June 26, 1984, pp.74-76.

Ulli Beier and Colin Johnson, "The Aboriginal Novelist Who Found Buddha", Quadrant, vol. XXIX, no. 9 (1985), pp. 69-75. This interview is dated 'Melbourne, 1 December 1980' and was circulated, by Ulli Beier, at the Commonwealth Literature Conference in Bayreuth, West Germany, 1984 which Colin Johnson attended. There is mention here of an unpublished novel found by Beier "in somebody's drawer in the Australia Council" and of some poetry sent from India.

Interview with Eckhard Breitinger in Breitinger, E. and Sander, R. (eds.), Studies in Commonwealth Literature, Papers presented at the Commonwealth Literature and Language Conference, Bayreuth University, June 1983 (Tubingen: Narr, 1985), pp.11-14.

Interview with Mike van Niekerk, "Johnson hurries to write it down", The West Australian, November 2 1987, p. 59. Two projects in process are mentioned here: a three-part history of Western Australia "to be written in the style of Wilbur Smith" and the staging of "Big Sunday" (a play workshopped during the first National Aboriginal Theatre Conference in 1987).

Interview (audiotape) for 6UVS FM radio at the launching of Dalwurra, The University of Western Australia, July 13th, 1988.

Interview with John Williamson and Ron Rudolphy, Westerly, vol. 34, no. 2 (June 1989), pp.83-89.

Interview with Liz Thompson in Thompson (ed.), Aboriginal Voices: Contemporary Aboriginal Artists, Writers and Performers (Sydney: Simon and Schuster, 1990), pp.55-59.

"Mudrooroo Narogin, by Reece Scannell" in Writers: Interviews with the Camera (Macquarie, 1990); accompanies Moran review: see below.


CJ "Amitable Buddha as Saviour", Maha Bodhi Journal, Calcutta, 1972.

CJ "The Temptation of Buddha and Jesus" and "Prof. Rhys Davids", Maha Bodhi Journal, Calcutta, 1973.

CJ "Discipline in Buddhism" and "Vipassana Meditation", Tathagata Vani Journal, Benares, India, 1974.

CJ "Eastern India: The Plight of the Ethnic Minorities", IWGIA Newslettter, Copenhagen, 1982.

CJ "The Getting of Wisdom" in A Commonwealth of Words (Brisbane: Booralong Publications, 1982).

CJ "Nibbana", Metta, Melbourne, 1983.

CJ "Death, the Illusion and After", Maha Bodhi Journal, Calcutta, 1983.

CJ "Black Writing". Speech (unpublished) at The National Word Festival (Aboriginal Literature section), Australian National University, March 1983.

CJ "Report of the Proceedings of the Second Aboriginal Writers' Conference", typescript, Melbourne, November 1983.

CJ "Introduction", Aboriginal Literature: Course Reader, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1985, pp. 1-19.

CJ "Retelling the Story" (unpublished lecture on Aboriginal Oral Literature and storytelling structures), School of Humanities, Murdoch University, 1985.

CJ "The writer as 'Bricoleur'; the novel as Bricolage : Yambo Ouologuem and Le Devoir de Violence", unpublished paper, Murdoch University, 1985.

CJ "The Author as Ideologist : The Novels of Ayi Kwei Armah and the Escape into the Past for a Leap into the Future", unpublished paper, Murdoch University, 1985.

CJ "White forms, Aboriginal content" in Jack Davis and Bob Hodge (eds.), Aboriginal Writing Today (Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1985), pp. 21-33 and 'Discussion', pp. 87-89.

CJ "Beneath Heidelberg Castle: 'The cliches of a culture are pearls in another culture'" in Breitinger, E. and Sander, R. (eds.), Studies in Commonwealth Literature (Tubingen: Narr, 1985), pp.9-10.

CJ "Reading the book : review of Reading the Country", Australian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, December 1985, pp. 143-146.

CJ "Guerilla Poetry : Lionel Fogarty's Response to Language Genocide", Westerly, no. 3, September 1986, pp. 47-55 and in Long Water : Aboriginal Art and Literature (Bathurst, 1986).

CJ A Literature of the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature in Australia, two volumes, dissertation submitted for B.A. Honours degree, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1986.

CJ "Chauvel and the Centring of the Aboriginal Male in Australian Film", Continuum, vol. 1, no. 1 (1987), pp. 47-56.

CJ "Why I Write". Paper (unpublished) given at the Warana Festival, Brisbane, September 1987.

CJ "The Journals of G.A. Robinson", Island Magazine, Hobart, 1987.

CJ "Captured Discourse; Captured Lives", Aboriginal History, vol.11, nos. 1-2 (1987), pp.27-32.

CJ "The Growth of Aboriginal Literature", Social Alternatives, vol. 7, no. 1 (March 1988), pp. 53-54.

CJ "Theatrical Fringe Benefits" in Ulli Beier and Colin Johnson (eds.), Longwater: Aboriginal Art and Literature Annual 1988 (Sydney: Aboriginal Artists Agency, 1988), pp. 1-17.

CJ "Black poetry of 200 white nights", review of K. Gilbert (ed.), Inside Black Australia, in Australian Book Review, May 1988, pp.35-36.

MN "Paperbark" in Anna Rutherford (ed.), Aboriginal Culture Today (Sydney: Dangaroo Press - Kunapipi, 1988), pp.36-49.

MN "Aboriginal Responses to the 'Folk Tale'", Southerly, vol. 48, no. 4 (1988), pp. 363-370.

MN "Towards a New Black Theatre", New Theatre Australia, March/April 1989.

MN "Black Reality", Introduction to Davis, Jack, Barungin: Smell the Wind (Sydney: Currency Press, 1989), pp.vii-ix.

MN Review of Davis, J., The Dreamers (with Kullark), No Sugar, Honey Spot in Australasian Drama Studies, vols. 15-16 (Oct. 1989/April 1990), pp.187-89.

MN "Introduction" to Herbert, Xavier, Capricornia, new edition (Sydney: Angus and Robertson Imprint Classic, 1990).

MN "Reading The Country", review of Noonkanbah, Story About Feeling, Wanamurraganya, Aboriginality: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings and Prints, Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia and Windows On The Dreaming in The Independent Monthly, February 1990, pp.32-33.

MN Writing from the Fringe: A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature (Melbourne: Hyland House, 1990). Biographical section notes that the author "is now working on his fifth novel, a film script adaption from his novel, Dr Wooreddy, and an anthology of Aboriginal writing".


CJ Co-editor (with Ulli Beier), Longwater: Aboriginal Art and Literature Annual l988 : see above.

MN Editorial suggestions incorporated in Glenyse Ward, Wandering Girl (Broome: Magabala Books, 1988).

MN Co-editor (with J. Davis, S. Muecke and A. Shoemaker), Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings, 1990: see above.



Adam Shoemaker, "Aboriginal Creative Writing: A Survey to 1981", Aboriginal History, vol. 6, no. 2 (1982), pp. 111-129.

Jack Davis, "Aboriginal writing: a personal view" in Jack Davis and Bob Hodge (eds.), Aboriginal Writing Today: Papers From The First National Conference Of Aboriginal Writers Held In Perth, Western Australia, In 1983 (Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1985), see pp. 13-14.

Veronica Brady, "Reading Black Literature", Age Monthly Review, September 1987.

Robert Ariss, "Writing black: the construction of an Aboriginal discourse" in J.R. Beckett (ed.), Past and Present : The Construction of Aboriginality (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 1988), pp. 131-146.

Stephen Muecke, "Aboriginal Literature and the Repressive Hypothesis", Southerly, vol. 48, no. 4, (1988), pp. 405-418.

David Headon, "Beyond the Years of the Locust: Aboriginal Writing in the 1980s - Part One", Meridian, vol. 7, no. 1 (May 1988), pp.13-22.

Adam Shoemaker, Black Words, White Page : Aboriginal Literature 1929-1988 (St. Lucia: UQP, 1989).

Bob Hodge and Vijay Mishra, Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the postcolonial mind (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1991). Extensive discussion of a range of Mudrooroo's works.


Adam Shoemaker, "'Fiction or Assumed Fiction': The Short Stories of Colin Johnson, Jack Davis and Archie Weller" in Emmanuel S. Nelson (ed.), Connections: Essays on Black Literatures (Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press, 1988), pp. 53-59.

Don Anderson, "Pleasure and problems of the sign", review of Expressway in Australian Book Review, no. 113, August 1989, pp.3-5.



Emmanuel S. Nelson, "Connecting with the Dreamtime: The Novels of Colin Johnson", Southerly, no. 3, September 1986, pp. 337-343.

On Wild Cat Falling:

Mary Durack, "Foreword" to Wild Cat Falling (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1965).

Judith Wright, "The voice of the Aboriginals" in Because I Was Invited (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1975), pp. 151-162.

Stephen Muecke, "Available Discourses on Aborigines" in P. Botsman (ed.), Theoretical Strategies (Sydney: Local Consumption Publications, 1982), pp. 98-111.

Chris Tiffin, "Look to the New-Found Dreaming : Identity and Technique in Australian Aboriginal Writing", The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. XX, no. 1 (1985), pp. 156-170.

Emmanuel S. Nelson, "Black America and the Australian Aboriginal Literary Consciousness", Westerly, vol. 30, no. 4 (December 1985), pp.43-54.

J.S. Ryan, "Wild Cat Falling : A Totemic Man Who Sought His Dreaming", Folklore, Vol. 98, No. 1 (1987).

On Long Live Sandawara:

Thomas Shapcott, Review of Long Live Sandawara, Westerly, no. 2, June 1980, pp. 121-122.

Blanche d'Apulget, Review of Long Live Sandawara in 24 Hours, n.d., quoted on back dustcover of Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World.

Adam Shoemaker, "Fact and Historical Fiction: Ion L. Idriess and Colin Johnson", Westerly, No. 4, December 1982, pp. 73-79.

Chris Tiffin, "Colin Johnson: Aboriginal Novelist", Rajasthan University Studies in English, no. 15 (1982-83).

Stephen Muecke, "Discourse, History, Fiction: Language and Aboriginal History", Australian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, May 1983, pp. 71-79.

Hugh Webb, "Black words on a white page: Colin Johnson's Long Live Sandawara", in Ian Reid and Sneja Gunew (eds.), Not the whole story (Sydney: Local Consumption Publications, 1984), pp. 111-116.

Vijay Mishra, "Aboriginal Representations in Australian Texts", Continuum: An Australian Journal of the Media, vol. 2, no. 1 (1988/89), pp. 165-188.

On Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World:

Adam Shoemaker, "Sex and Violence in the Black Australian Novel", Westerly, vol. 29, no. 1 (1984), pp. 45-57.

Kateryna Arthur, "Fiction and the Rewriting of History: A Reading of Colin Johnson", Westerly, no. 1, March 1985, pp. 55-60.

Stephen Muecke, "The Scribes", Meridian, vol. 4, no. 1, May 1985, pp. 41-48.

Jack Davis and Adam Shoemaker, "Aboriginal Literature : Written" in L. Hergenhan (ed.), The Penguin New Literary History of Australia (Ringwood: Penguin Books, 1988), pp. 35-46.

Emmanuel S. Nelson, "The Missionary in Aboriginal Fiction", Southerly, vol. 48, no. 4 (1988), pp. 451-457.

On Doin Wildcat:

William McGaw, Review of M. Narogin, Doin Wildcat, Span (Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), no. 27, October 1988, pp. 108-111.

Sue Thomas, "Connections: Recent Criticism of Aboriginal Writing", Meridian, vol. 8, no. 1 (May 1989), pp.39-46.

Kateryna Arthur, "Neither Here nor There : Towards Nomadic Reading", New Literatures Review, no. 17, summer south, 1989, pp. 31-42.

Jack Healy, "Aboriginal Writing Strives for a New 'Koori' Script", Antipodes, vol.4, no.1 (Spring 1990), pp.52-54.

Hugh Webb, "Doin' the Post-Colonial Story? Neidjie, Narogin and the Aboriginal Narrative Intervention", Span, no.32, April 1991.

On Master of the Ghost Dreaming:

Sophie Masson, "Ghosts down under", Australian Book Review, no. 128 (Feb/March 1991), p.8.


Irrruluma Guruliwini Enemburu, "Towards a Koori genre", review of Paperbark in Australian Book Review, no.123 (August 1990), pp.7-8.

Christopher Ward, Review of Paperbark in Span, no.32, April 1991.


On The Song Circle of Jacky and Selected Poems:

Judith Wright, Review of The Song Circle of Jacky in Australian Aboriginal Studies, no. 1, 1987, pp.119-120.

Ann Nugent, "Colin Johnson's Political Poems", The Age Monthly Review, vol. 7, no. 5, September 1987.

David Birch, Language, Literature and Critical Practice: Ways of Analysing Text (London: Routledge, 1989), pp. 155-165.

On Sunlight Spreadeagles Perth In Blackness:

Hugh Webb, "Poetry as Guerilla Warfare: Colin Johnson's Semiotic Bicentennial Gift", New Literatures Review, no. 17, summer south, 1989, pp. 43-49. Pages 1-3 of the "Sunlight" draft manuscript poem appear in this article.

Horst Ruthrof, "Critical Manoeuvres : Three Phases In Australian Literature" in Festschrift fŸr Herbert Mainusch (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1989), pp. 361-373.

Hugh Webb, "Jock Shandley's Hat: Continental Cultural Provocations", paper to Dismantle/Fremantle Conference (Cultural Studies), June 1991: forthcoming in DisMantle: The Book.

On Dalwurra : The Black Bittern:

Veronica Brady, "Afterword" to Dalwurra, The Black Bittern : A Poem Cycle (Nedlands: CSAL, 1988), pp. 69-77.

David Britton, "On a voyage of poetry: Review of Dalwurra", The West Australian, October 29, 1988, p. 12.

Mark O'Connor, "Aboriginal Literature Becomes A Force" in Anna Rutherford (ed.) Aboriginal Culture Today, pp.246-53.

Kateryna Olijnyk Arthur, Review of Dalwurra: The Black Bittern in Westerly, vol.34, no.1 (March 1989), pp.90-91.

J.S. Ryan, Review of Dalwurra : The Black Bittern, A Poem Cycle in Span, no. 28, April 1989, pp. 109-112.


William B. McGregor, "Writing Aboriginal: Oral Literature in Print", Meridian, vol. 8, no. 1 (May 1989), pp.47-56.

Bruce Shaw, "Response to Colin Johnson's Article 'Captured Discourse; Captured Lives'", Aboriginal History, vol. 13, no. 2, 1989.

Simon During, "How Aboriginal is it?", review of Writing from the Fringe, Australian Book Review, no. 118, February/March 1990, pp.21-23.

G. Duncan, Review of Writing from the Fringe in Australian Society, vol.9, no.6 (1990), p.38.

Martin Flanagan, Review of Writing from the Fringe in The Age (5 May 1990), Saturday Extra 8.

Duncan Graham, "Worth the Wrestle", review of Writing from the Fringe in Australian Society, June 1990, p.38.

Rod Moran, "Black world, white words", review of Writing from the Fringe in The West Australian, June 2, 1990. p.10.

Bob Hodge and Vijay Mishra, Review of Writing from the Fringe in Westerly, no.3 (September 1990), pp.91-93: opens with the claim that this work "is the most important piece of literary criticism to have cme out of Australia since Frederick Sinnett's 'The Fiction Fields of Australia' (1856)".

John Fielder, "Postcoloniality and Mudrooroo Narogin's Ideology of Aboriginality", Span, no.32, April 1991.

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