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Julie Janson Julie Janson i(A15650 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Dharug
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Julie Janson began writing plays with the Australian Aboriginal community while living in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Some of her plays include 'Lotus War '(radio and stage - about a Vietnamese warrior women written for the Asian Arts Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival), 'Season to Taste' (radio and stage), 'Venus in Eritrea,', 'Kera Putih' [White Monkey], set in Bali and 'Satan in Arizona'. Her plays often have an indigenous and an inter-cultural focus.

In 2001, she was awarded an Asialink Literature Residency in Indonesia. During her residency in Indonesia, she workshopped 'The Crocodile Hotel', set in the Northern Territory in the 1970s and Sulawesi in 1920. She also visited theatres and arts organisations across Java, Sumatra and Bali and was hosted by Petra University in Surabaya

She has also been a Writer in Residence in Canberra and Hobart in 2002.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2015 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Jim Hamilton Award For 'Benevolence'.
2012 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Six month residency at the Whiting studio, Rome 1 February to 29 July 2013
2008 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Six week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, 2009

Awards for Works

Duria Burumurrung : Eaglehawk Time i "Their ghost blue eyes glowing with bright light.", 2016 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , October 2016; (p.
2016 inaugural joint winner Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize

Known archival holdings

Drafts of three plays and notes and correspondence connected with them, together with three notebooks. The plays are Gunjies (1990-91, produced 1993); Lotus War (1993-95, produced 1995) and Black Mary (1992-96, produced 1997). National Library of Australia (ACT)
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