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WINNER – 2012 black&write! kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship
WINNER – 2012 Deadly Award Outstanding Achievement in Literature
WINNER – 2013 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier's Literary and History Awards
A verse novel that centres around the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Ruby’s courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.
"A compelling and dramatic story told in hauntingly sparse free verse, and one of the best examples of the narrative verse genre in recent memory."
Overland Literary Journal
"These innovative poems take up traditional narrative voices, bringing past conflicts vividly to life with short lines that are lucid, refined, and luminous... The writing is delicate yet strong, the tone is pitched so well the reader is not distracted by the agile technique that carries the narrative forward."
New South Wales Book of the Year Award
"One of the most remarkable things about 'Ruby Moonlight' is the subtlety with which its political implications are handled: Eckermann invites (rather than dictates) political readings of what is, at heart, a simple and highly engaging narrative."