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ISBN: 9781921888526
Pages: 266
Publication year: 2012
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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The Ballad of Moondyne Joe

Written by John KinsellaNiall Lucy (b. 1956 d. 2014)

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Moondyne Joe was colonial Australia’s ultimate escape artist. His daring and repeated breakouts drove the Governor to build him a special cell. And when Moondyne Joe escaped again, he drove the Governor mad.

Written by John Kinsella, one of Australia’s best known poets, and Niall Lucy, a caustic and irreverent social commentator, this book is an anarchic and playful examination of an elusive man and the harsh convict system he resisted.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

‘… a playful examination of the notorious escape artist’s life and the harsh convict system of the time.’ Geraldton Guardian

‘Using a variety of sources and styles, including poetry, timelines, copies of contemporary documents and – somewhat creepily – modern forensic indentikit imaging, John Kinsella and Niall Lucy piece together the story of this WA folk hero.’ Scoop Magazine


Pages: 266
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781921888526
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John Kinsella

John Kinsella’s many volumes of poetry include the prize winning collections Peripheral Light: New and Selected Poems and The New Arcadia. He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.

Niall Lucy (b. 1956 d. 2014)

Dr Niall Lucy was an Australian writer, journalist and broadcaster who completed his PhD in English at the University of Sydney. He worked for academic journals, universities, newspapers and radio stations in both Sydney and Perth, and was a member of the Curriculum Council of Western Australia’s Literature Reference Panel prior to its disbandment in 2012. […]