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Charmaine Papertalk-Green Charmaine Papertalk-Green i(A3104 works by) (a.k.a. Charmaine Green)
Born: Established: 1963 Eradu, Northampton area, Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Wajarri ; Aboriginal Bardimaya ; Aboriginal
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Poet Charmaine Papertalk-Green grew up in Mullewa and lives in Geraldton. She won the 2006 National NAIDOC Poster Competition for her work entitled Life Circle. The description of her work on that winning entry is: 'Our past and our future are interconnected. In the circle of life as we move from the past to the future we must always remember and respect everything in the past. Our history, our culture, our traditions, our ancestors and our own experiences. This way we can walk into the future with respect and confidence.'

She has worked as a programs officer for the Department of Information, Communication,Technology and the Arts (2004-2009), as development officer and coordinator for Yamaji Art Centre (Mara Art Aboriginal Corporation), Geraldton, Western Australia, and as Chairperson of Mara Art Aboriginal Corporation.

She also writes and works in the visual arts and in the social science research (Aboriginal health) fields under the name Charmaine Green.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to undertake a unique mentorship opportunity with Rolande Souliere a First Nation Canadian artist, where Charmaine will explore new ways of combining her practice in a contemporary space.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Nganajungu Yagu Melbourne : Cordite Press , 2019 16924590 2019 selected work poetry

'Forty years ago, letters, words and feelings flowed between a teenage daughter and her mother. Letters writen by that teenage daughter – me – handed around family back home, disappeared. Yet letters from that mother to her teenage daughter – me – remained protected in my red life-journey suitcase. I carried them across time and landscapes as a mother would carry her baby in a thaga.

'In 1978–79, I was living in an Aboriginal girls’ hostel in the Bentley suburb of Perth, attending senior high school. Mum and I sent handwritten letters to each other. I was a small-town teenager stepping outside of all things I had ever known. Mum remained in the only world she had ever known.

'Nganajungu Yagu was inspired by Mother’s letters, her life and the love she instilled in me for my people and my culture. A substantial part of that culture is language, and I missed out on so much language interaction having moved away. I talk with my ancestors’ language – Badimaya and Wajarri – to honour ancestors, language centres, language workers and those Yamaji who have been and remain generous in passing on cultural knowledge.

'–Charmain Papertalk Green'  (Publication summary) 

2020 shortlisted Small Press Network Book of the Year Award
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
2020 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2020 commended New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writer's Prize
2020 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Poetry
We Can! We Do! We Will! 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meniscus , November vol. 6 no. 2 2018; (p. 130-131)
2018 second place University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon False Claims of Colonial Thieves Broome : Magabala Books , 2018 12947060 2018 selected work poetry

'From well-known poets Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella comes a tete-a-tete that is powerful, thought provoking, challenging and unapologetic. Papertalk Green and Kinsella call into question what we think we know about our country, colonisation, land and identity. Each poem is part of a striking conversation that surrounds topics such as childhood, history, life, love, mining, death, respect and cultural diversity. This extraordinary publication weaves two differing lives and experiences together and rarely pauses for breath. Papertalk Green and Kinsella’s words traverse this land and reflect back to us all, our identity and how we got here.' (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Poetry Award
2019 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
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