a dialogue between Indigenous and Asian Australians
Filipino-Australian Deborah Ruiz Wall, Adam Aitken of Anglo-Thai heritage, and Alexis Wright of Aboriginal-Chinese heritage, featured at the 27th May 2006 Sydney Writers Festival event in the Liverpool Regional Museum.
Gary Lee’s play "Keep Him My Heart: A
Larrakia-Filipino Love Story", had only six performances in a beautiful
outdoor setting at the Darwin High School Tank on 20-22 & 27-29
August 1993. Ever since our colleague Bong Ramilo told us about the
production, it’s been our dream to somehow get to talk to the
author about the play. This year, during June 9-12, the indigenous arts
festival “The Dreaming” had its second production
at Woodford and Gary Lee was on the program! Emere Distor and Dee Hunt
tracked him down and he very generously agreed to be interviewed.
John Bartlett first went to the Philippines as a newly ordained
Columban Father in 1971. He left the country and the priesthood in 1980
returning to Australia with a new self awareness. Twenty-five years
later John’s first novel has been published.
Distant Sea is based on his experience as a young Catholic priest in
Mindanao during the martial law era. he was in Brisbane in march to
promote the book. Dee Dicen Hunt caught up with him for a chat about