1984: Billy Marshall Stoneking, 1947-2016

Billy Marshall-Stoneking

was born in the United States in 1947, and migrated to Australia in 1972. After several years working as a high school teacher, he spent four years at Papunya Aboriginal Settlement in the Northern Territory where he collected stories for use in a bilingual reading programme. He helped found the Poets’ Union of Australia. His first book of poetry, Singing The Snake (Angus and Robzertson, 1990), was hailed as a modern-day classic. Billy also wrote for television (co-creator/writer of Stringer), and made several documentary films. He is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and a former member of the Playwrights’ Studio (National Institute of Dramatic Art). In July 1984 he attended a lunch at the Rozelle house of ex-New Zealand poet Nigel Roberts, along with many other friends and poets, to honour Lauris Edmond, visiting New Zealand poet. Nigel is a friend of Papunya too. John Tranter was there and took some photos: here they are.

L to R: Rae Desmond Jones (blurred), Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking (blurred).
L to R: Rae Desmond Jones (blurred), Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking (blurred).
Lauris Edmond at Nigel Roberts's lunch. Next to read is Gig Ryan's first book of poetry, «The Division of Anger,» which I published a few years earlier. J.T.
Lauris Edmond at Nigel Roberts’s lunch. Next to read is Gig Ryan’s first book of poetry, «The Division of Anger», which I published a few years earlier. J.T.
L ro R: Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
L ro R: Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
Rae Desmond Jones, Lauris Edmond.
Rae Desmond Jones, Lauris Edmond.
Billy Marshall Stoneking.
Billy Marshall Stoneking.
Billy Marshall Stoneking, Rae Desmond Jones.
Billy Marshall Stoneking, Rae Desmond Jones.
The host, Nigel Roberts.
The host, Nigel Roberts.
Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
Rudi Krausmann, Lyn Tranter.
After lunch: Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking.
After lunch: Lyn Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Billy Marshall Stoneking.
After lunch: Lauris Edmond, Rae Desmond Jones, Billy Marshall Stoneking, foreground: Nigel Roberts.
After lunch: Lauris Edmond, Rae Desmond Jones, Billy Marshall Stoneking, foreground: Nigel Roberts.