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The series contains material collected by Kath Walker relating to her involvement in numerous organisations and issues. These files generally contain a variety of materials, often accompanied by corresondence, such as leaflets, newsletters, minutes of meetings, reports, and ephemera.

Papers relating to North America

Kath Walker conducted a study tour of the United States from September 1978 to March 1979 as a Fullbright Scholar. Her itinerary was divided into two sections: first, she was Poet-in-Residence at Bloomsbury State College from 1 October 1978; and from January 1979, sponsored by the National Endownment for the Arts, she was centred on Berkeley and other Southern campuses, Indian communities and Arts Centres. Included in these papers are: Letters of appreciation, photographs, postcards, programme for speaking engagements; her report on Fulbright Scholarship; correspondence 1978 - 1979 about the Scholarship and from North American contacts; travel documents; flyers; and newspaper cuttings.

Papers relating to Nigeria and the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture

The First World Festival of Black Arts was held in 1966 Dakar, Senegal. Nigeria was invited to hold the second festival in 1970. This second festival, called the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture was to be held in November/December 1975. Political problems in Nigeria caused the festival to be postponed for some years, but it was finally staged as "Festac '77" in Lagos in January, 1977.

As part of the preparations for Australia’s involvement in the festival, an Australian Coordinating Committee was formed in February 1974. In October 1974 Kath Walker was asked to become involved in this committee. Kath Walker attended the 5th meeting of the International Festival Committee held in Kaduna in November 1974. On her return flight, the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) plane she was travelling on was hijacked in Dubai and flown to Tunisia. The hijack lasted three days, and one passenger was killed. She wrote two poems during this ordeal (held in Subseries 1).

During the lead up to the Festival in 1977, Kath Walker was involved in the preparations for the event and eventually attended it as an Australian delegate and senior advisor.

These folders include documents from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs; correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes and reports for the Nigerian Co-coordinating Committee of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture; an open letter to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (dated 24 Jul 1975) regarding the poems she wrote when her plane was hijacked; reports from other countries; contract between Kath Walker and The Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Itineraries and quotations for proposed group travel to Nigeria with general background information about Africa from ACTU World Travel; Aboriginal Theatre Foundation - correspondence with Department of Aboriginal Affairs and interim reports regarding costings and budget for dancers, musicians and song men for trip to festival; and Tickets, invitations, brochures, programmes, report by Kath Walker about festival to the Australia Council, souvenirs, 1977.

Papers relating to overseas trips to Papua New Guinea

Kath Walker was invited to Papua New Guinea in 1973 and 1976.

In 1973 she was invited to attend the Third Nuigini Arts Festival with the Yirrkala Aboriginal dancers. She presented poetry readings and spoke about Aboriginal literature. Included is correspondence, itineraries, and programmes relating to her attendance at this Festival.

At the First Independent Papua New Guinea Writers' Conference, held between July 1 and 4, 1976 at Port Morseby, she presented a keynote address. A copy of her speech is included as well as programmes, workshop information and schedules, an invitation, an information sheet and a writers survey form (not filled in). A book which was given to her is included with this PNG material and is inscribed by the author to Kath: Liyong, Taban Lo (1976). Myth language and literature. 2. The literature of developing nations: negritude. University of Papua New Guinea

Papers relating to overseas trip to New Zealand

Kath Walker toured New Zealand between September 1 and October 16, 1972, under the auspices of the Citizens' Association for Racial Equality. This file consists of two folders of papers and 4 items. One folder includes: timetable for her visit, a Certificate of Appreciation from Lions Club of Dunedin South, a 1972 flyer for Kath Walker's New Zealand tour, and correspondence between Kath Walker and J C Nacola and Noel Parsloe (4 letters). The other folder has newspapers with articles covering her tour. The items are: a desk diary for 1972 with the names and addresses of people from New Zealand; and three booklets with inscriptions.

Papers relating to overseas trip to Malaysia

Kath Walker was the Australian delegate at the International Writers' Conference (Hari Sasra) in Malaysia, 1974. This file includes:
correspondence between Department of Foreign Affairs and Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur; newspaper cuttings, 'Report of the Malaysian visit' by Kath Walker (August 1974), menu, 'Welcome' booklet for the conference (with annotations), certificate (of attendance), and invitations. It also includes two exhibition catalogues (one inscribed) and a book of poems (inscribed). Some material is in Malay.

Papers relating to overseas trip to Fiji

Kath Walker was a delegate at the Fifth Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) from 3-8 January 1980, at University of South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. This file includes the programmes for the official opening, bus time-table for special trips during the conference, a list of delegates, abstracts, notices, notes, articles of association, business cards, a map of University of South Pacific, and names and addresses collected by Kath Walker.

Papers relating to overseas trips

Kath Walker travelled overseas on several occasions to attend conferences, as an official Australian delegate for committees, on speaking tours, lecturing and as a poet-in-residence. Included in this series are her files from her trips to New Zealand (1972), Malaysia (1974), Nigeria (in 1974 and 1977), North America (1978-1979) and Fiji (1980).

Feasibility of the "Boornong" Project

The feasibility of the "Boornong" project : being a report prepared for the Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Arts Council of Australia by D.W. McElwain ... [et al.]. Brisbane : University of Queensland, 1971. Some marking up.

Stradbroke Island Symposium

Copy of the publication: Stradbroke Island Symposium edited by N. C. Stevens and R. Monroe. Published by The Royal Society of Queensland 1975

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