LITERATURE WEEKEND IN THE CITY
Alf Taylor & Robert Isaacs
Join two of Western Australia’s most respected Elders and seasoned storytellers as they talk about their new books and their stories of determination and triumph.
Renowned for his darkly humorous poetry and prose, Alf Taylor has mentored and delighted a generation of young poets.
Dr Robert Isaacs is well-known for the grit that earned him the title of West Australian of the Year in 2015. He is an Aboriginal Elder from the Whadjuk- Bibilmum Wardandi Noongar language group. Alf Taylor is a Noongar writer living in Perth.
Alf Taylor spent his childhood growing up in New Norcia Mission, Western Australia, and upon leaving he worked around Perth and Geraldton as a seasonal farm worker, before he joined the Armed Forces. After a marriage, seven children and a divorce, Alf found his voice as a writer and poet.
Alf’s father’s name was Rosendo Taylor and he married his Mother Queenie Harris who came from the Fraser Ranges, not far from Norseman. Her Mother belonged to the Ngadu people. from the Norseman area.
Dr Robert Isaacs
Dr Robert Allen Isaacs is an Aboriginal Elder from the Whadjuk- Bibilmum Wardandi Noongar language group. A member of the Stolen Generation, Robert was born at Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, WA, and raised as a ward of the state under the Native Welfare Department. He grew up in institutions including St Josephs’ Orphanage, Castledare Boys Home, and finally Clontarf Boys Town. Leaving at the age of 17 with nothing but the shirt on his back, Robert went to work at Aherns Department Store before joining the Army Reserves, and in 1973 he began his career with the Community and Child Health Services Department. He went on to establish the first Aboriginal Medical Service and associated dental, rehabilitation and health care clinics; negotiated the first land use and mining royalties arrangement and led ground breaking housing initiatives.
Robert is an Order of Australia (AM) recipient on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2016, NAIDOC 2016 Male Elder, West Australian of the Year 2015 and was Freeman to the City of Gosnells in 2015. He now continues his community work through board appointments, ambassadorships, his work as a Justice of the Peace, and speaking engagements.
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Sun 21 Feb
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