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Billy Marshall-Stoneking Billy Marshall-Stoneking i(A47219 works by) (a.k.a. William Randolph Marshall-Stoneking; Bill Marshall; Billy Marshall)
Also writes as: Valerie Gordon
Born: Established: 31 Aug 1947 Orlando, Florida,
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United States of America (USA),
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Americas,
; Died: Ceased: Jul 2016
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1972
Heritage: American
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BiographyHistory

After completing his university education at the University of Sacramento, California in 1971, Billy Marshall-Stoneking travelled to Australia to teach at schools in Victoria and the Northern Territory. From 1978 to 1983, he lived and worked at Papunya Aboriginal Settlement (275 kms west of Alice Springs, N.T.) where he collected and published stories and other materials in the local dialect (Pintupi/Luritja) for use in the Papunya outstations' bilingual reading programme. Marshall-Stoneking's long association with the Pintupi people of Central Australia fostered several documentary films, initiating his career in script-writing and film production.

A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Marshall-Stoneking has written many plays, radio-plays and screenplays, including Lasseter: The Making of a Legend (1985), the ABC TV series Stringer (1988) and was principal script editor on the Australian feature film, Chopper. He has been very active in performance poetry, writing and performing in two major poem-plays, Call It Poetry/Tonight and Out of Limits, staged at the Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. He has also had published several collections of poetry, novels and an 'auto-fictography', Taking America out of the Boy (1993). His poetry has appeared in journals such as Overland, Southerly, Northern Perspective, Phoenix Review, Prism International and in several e-zines including PoetryMagazine.com, Alsop Review, gangway, Empyrios, and Kookamonga Square.

Together with Eric Beach and others, Marshall-Stoneking helped found the Poets' Union of Australia. He has received a number of writing fellowships and has been writer-in-residence at several institutions. He was highly commended in the Jessie Litchfield Prize at the Northern Territory University in 1990. In 2001 he was appointed Head of the MA programme in scriptwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

1994 Literature Board Fellowship Category A Fellowship Writing for performance
1993 Literature Board Fellowship Category B Fellowship Autobiographical writing / Writing for performance

Awards for Works

The Seasons of Fire i "There is Law for Fire,", 1988 single work poetry
— Appears in: Northern Perspective , Wet Season vol. 11 no. 2 1988; (p. 27-28) Prism International (Canada) , Winter vol. 28 no. 2 1990; (p. 7-8) Singing the Snake : Poems from the Western Desert 1979-1988 1990; (p. 48-50) North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature 1991; (p. 11-12) The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse 1996; (p. 362-363) The Reader , June no. 30 2008; (p. 25-26)
1988 winner Northern Territory Literary Awards Bill Harney Bicentennial Poetry Prize

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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