Jack Davis (playwright)

Jack Davis (playwright)

Jack Davis (1917 - March 17, 2000), was a notable Australian 20th Century playwright and poet, also an Indigenous rights campaigner. He was born in Western Australia, in the small town of Yarloop, and lived in Fremantle towards the end of his life. He was of the Aboriginal Noongar people, and much of his work dealt with the Australian Aboriginal experience. He has been referred to as the 20th Century's Aboriginal Poet Laureate, and many of his plays are on Australian school syllabuses.

Davis was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1976, and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1985. [ [http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/indg_excel.html "Indigenous Australians excel in many fields"] , Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade]

Works

Plays

* "Kullark" (1972)
* "The Dreamers" (1980)
* "No Sugar" (1985)
* "Honeyspot" (1985)
* "Moorli and the Leprechaun" (1986)
* "Burungin" (1988)
* "Plays from Black Australia" (1989)
* "Our Town" (1990)
* "Julia is Baho" (1993)
* "Julia needs to ligo"(1994)

Poetry

* "The First-born and other poems" (1970)
* "" (1978)
* "John Pat and Other Poems" (1988)
* "" (1992)

Other works

* "" (1988)
* "A Boy's Life" (1991)
* "" (1992)

External links

* [http://www.ausstage.edu.au/indexdrilldown.jsp?xcid=59&f_contrib_id=144 Jack Davis in AusStage]

References

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NAME=Davis, Jack
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Indigenous Australian playwright
DATE OF BIRTH=1917
PLACE OF BIRTH=Yarloop, Western Australia, Australia
DATE OF DEATH=March 17, 2000
PLACE OF DEATH=Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia


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