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The Ballad of Moondyne Joe

Written by John Kinsella and Niall Lucy


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.

‘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

ISBN 9781921888526 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (234 x 153mm) (Paperback)
Categories History
Autobiography, Biography & Memoir
Pages 266
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • John kinsella

    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. Read more

  • Niall lucy

    Niall Lucy

    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. His work, often anarchic and always lively, is drawn on by scholars around the world in many disciplines. He was a professor in the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts at Curtin University and a former Head of School of Arts at Murdoch University. His passion for music and his work as a freelance music journalist and broadcaster led to two acclaimed books on Australian indie band The Triffids. Always an original and free-thinker, his diverse body of work is a testament to a great intellect. He died in June 2014. Read more