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Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 Playing Beatie Bow
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When Abigail joins in the game of Beatie Bow she is transported back in time to a Sydney of the late 19th century where she meets the Bow family, whose fate she can predict, but which she is powerless to change.

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Playing Beatie Bow Peter Gawler , ( dir. Donald Crombie ) Adelaide : South Australian Film Corporation , 1986 Z950187 1986 single work film/TV young adult fantasy

Set in Sydney over two distinct eras, Playing Beatie Bow begins in 1985, with teenager Abigail discovering that she can communicate beyond the grave with a person who lived in Sydney in 1873. As their communications continue, Abigail suddenly finds herself transported back in time, where she discovers a great deal more about herself than she would have done had she remained a discontented teen in modern times. Through her adventures, she also contributes to the lives of those around her.

form y separately published work icon Playing Beatie Bow Joe Dunlop , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1990 8188253 1990 series - publisher radio play fantasy young adult

Radio adaptation of Playing Beatie Bow in three parts by British script-writer Joe Dunlop.

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Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 7 (NSW Stage 4)

Themes

Colonial and contemporary Sydney, coming of age, family, hardship, identity, Language, poverty, resilience, the past, time travel

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Information and communication technology, Literacy, Personal and social

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Japanese translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Nelson , 1980 .
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      Extent: 196p.
      ISBN: 0170058794
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1982 .
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      Extent: 196p.
      Reprinted: 1998
      ISBN: 0140322493 (pbk.), 0140314601
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Atheneum ,
      1982 .
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      Extent: 196p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0689308892
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1987 .
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      Extent: 212p.
      Description: illus. (some col.)
      ISBN: 0207154481
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Barn Owl ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 185p.
      ISBN: 1903015111(pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 20/03/2013
      ISBN: 9780670076864
      Series: y separately published work icon Penguin Australian Children's Classics Melbourne : Penguin , 2012- 6153702 2012 series - publisher children's fiction
Alternative title: Den fremmede
Language: Danish
    • Copenhagen,
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      Denmark,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      Gyldendale ,
      1985 .
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      Extent: 194p.
      ISBN: 8700922242

Other Formats

  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

[Essay] : Playing Beatie Bow Monique Rooney , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow (1980) is a fantastical, time-travel novel that is also fascinated with lived history. It is especially interested in the question of how, that is through what means and forms, our past is remembered and mediated. Do we remember the past through what is recorded in official archives and taught on school and university curricula? Or are there other ways of accessing what took place before our own time? It is a children’s nursery rhyme and a discarded piece of old cloth that enable the transportation of Playing Beatie Bow‘s Abigail Kirk back to Sydney’s The Rocks in 1873, suggesting that popular song and ephemeral objects can open historical horizons and be the catalyst for reconstructing meaningful stories.' (Introduction)

Slipping back through Time : Discovering Time-Slip Fiction Jenny Sandercombe , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , May vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 8-11)
Living History Fiction Kim Wilson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , vol. 20 no. 1 2010; (p. 77-86)
'During my research into historical fiction for children and young adult readers I came across a range of texts that relied on a living or lived experience of history to frame the historical story. These novels were similar to the time-slip narrative; however, not all examples used the traditional convention of time-slippage. I wanted to bundle these novels together - 'time-slip' novels included - as examples of 'living history' narratives because they appeared from the outset as a distinct literary form requiring particular reading strategies.
These texts, which I will refer to as Living history novels, require readers to align uncritically with modern perception. Readers are persuasively invited to assume that the modern characters' perception of the past is authentic because it has been formed by a lived experience of history. In Living history novels, readers are positioned to perceive both the strengths and weaknesses of past and present times, ultimately reconciling the two in a present that faces chronologically forwards. Modern focalising characters in Living history fiction place modern perception in a superior relationship to that of the past.
This sub-genre of historical novels is distinctive in its strong and consistent modern character focalisation and point of view. The Living history novel creates a confluence of past and present, be it physically or psychically. Characters are variously conveyed from a generalised present, or past, to an explicit historical period or event. The Living history novel is distinctive in its intense character introversion, quest journey and self-discovery. The most important outcome of the living history experience is that characters learn something significant about themselves. Because the story is about the modern character's quest and self realisation, the past is consistently perceived from their point of view. Modern characters are transported in time and readers are only rarely invited to see the past from a past point of view' (Author's abstract).
A Desire for Decency Joan H. Macdonald , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Folklore , November no. 23 2008; (p. 84-93)
Haunted Histories : Time-slip Narratives in the Antipodes Claudia Marquis , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 18 no. 2 2008; (p. 58-64)

Marquis analyzes works from Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to suggest that time-slip fiction "for all its pleasure in the historical moment, articulates anxiety that puts the present into question, not so much child's play as games of the dark" (63). Her discussion of Ruth Park's Playing Beatie Bow claims that the novel seems to 'guard against the recognition of a problematic colonial past' (63), through the constrcution of a 'complicated family history' which Marquis argues, serves to occlude the larger colonial history of relations between the settlers and the indigenous population, who 'barely rate a mention' (61). Here, Marquis draws upon the work of Clare Bradford, who she says, 'has repeatedly shown this is a history of invasion, accommodated by white authors in a variety of textual moves that in general discount the singularity of the aboriginal experience and the historical depth of their relation with the land' (see Bradford, 1997). Marquis argues that the narrative dynamic obscures this local history through a 'double anchoring of the legitimate past in a European moment' and the ways it invests the domestic order - the love story - with irrestible power (61). She proceeds with a comparative analysis of Spirits of the Lake by New Zealand author Beverly Dunlop claiming that ''the absence of the indigene seems more noteworthy [if read] alongside another novel that is equally concerned with home and family' (61).

Time and Emotion : The Australian Vision Van Ikin , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 4 no. 1 (Issue 10) 1982; (p. 38-43)

— Review of The Man Who Loved Morlocks : A Sequel to The Time Machine as Narrated by the Time Traveller David J. Lake , 1981 single work novel ; The Web of Time Lee Harding , 1979 single work novel ; Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , 1980 single work novel
Fantasy Didacticism and a Disappearing Act : the Australian Children's Book Awards 1981 Margaret Dunkle , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 32 1981; (p. 5-7)

— Review of Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , 1980 single work novel ; Darkness under the Hills Bill Scott , 1980 single work novel ; Jandy Malone and the Nine O'Clock Tiger Barbara Bolton , 1980 single work picture book ; Mr. Archimedes' Bath Pamela Allen , 1980 single work picture book ; Marty Moves to the Country Kate Walker , 1980 single work picture book ; The Seventh Pebble Eleanor Spence , 1981 single work children's fiction
Children's Book Week Walter McVitty , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 11 July 1981;

— Review of Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , 1980 single work novel
Children's books of the year 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , July 1981; (p. 43)

— Review of Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , 1980 single work novel
Park Draws a Winning Bow Carolyn Noad , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 1991;

— Review of Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , 1980 single work novel
Over the Rim of Reality H. M. Saxby , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 3 no. 1 1988; (p. 4-8)
Know the Author : Ruth Park Toss Gascoigne , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 3 no. 1 1988; (p. 14-15)
Stages of Development: Remembering Old Sydney in Ruth Park's Playing Beatie Bow and A Companion Guide to Sydney Monique Rooney , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 64 no. 3 2004; (p. 95-105)
'This essay highlights the role of the female as fetish in the captivity narrative...it contests the notion that authorial fascinations with the colonial past are necessarily concerned with totalising ownership claims and/or revisionist historical practices. Finally, Park's ... The Companion Guide to Sydney (1973), is linked to Playing Beatie Bow's deployment of the fetish as an object through which capture of the past is always partial and unreliable.' (pp 95-96)
Medievalism as Heritage : Australian Children's Books Valerie Krips , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture 2006; (p. 119-128)
Valerie Krips discusses the 'trafficking' in history in three recent Australian children's books. She demonstrates how 'the past as represented in each novel is in the service of present concerns' (123).
The Special Magic of the Eighties : Shaping Words and Shape-Shifting Words Rosemary Ross Johnston , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , December vol. 26 no. 4 1995; (p. 211-217)
The author discusses the power of words to create 'a special magic' in texts published in the eighties.
Last amended 24 Aug 2017 07:56:49
Settings:
  • Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1870s
  • 1970s
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