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Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Oct 31, 2010 | Discuss

  Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Li-Lo treated herself to a restoring trip to the rainforest. She rented a wooden bungalow among the luscious vegetation. Li-Lo laid low and let the greenery do the rest. To paraphrase the poet, she annihilated all that’s made into a green thought in a green shade. Already, she was starting to recover from her entanglement and break-up with Bobby. She saw that by taking all the guilt on herself, she was depriving him of the right to a share of the responsibility...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Oct 24, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Writtten and illustrated by Nelen “Catch you in your dreams,” Muthabadah had said. That was the only place where Udjerlah would meet him now, as if he were a dead person. It was very sad. Certainly, she felt no anger towards him but only immense gratitude for the lesson he had taught her. He had “abused” and “exploited” her so roundly that she could not but wake up at last to her gross habit of playing bleeding-heart Mother Teresa to grown men who were perfectly capable of looking af...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Oct 17, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Udjerlah was fast asleep in her unit when a mighty electrical storm swept down from the northern tropics and cracked and rumbled over the desert. It did not fully wake her but it disturbed her and she started to dream. She dreamt that she was on a tropical island. At first it seemed idyllic, with white beaches and turquoise bays. But then the sleeping Udjerlah began to notice that corpses were floating in the swimming pools. The island was distinctly rotten. Not ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Sep 05, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Slava wrote to her in his best English: “I’m thinking of you every day. Sorry to hear you were ill, I thought that in desert it’s always hot. Hope you have some warm things to wear. Take care of yourself please. My dear Wanderer, don’t frighten me by saying that I need to decide anything, I had decided long ago. I am not sure my life is worth living without hope to be with you. You are everything for me. Everything, understand? And I am waiting despite ho...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song Part Two

Mar 12, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song Part Two

By Nelen The man whose name was Muthabadah was a travelling sort of fellow. Late one night, a strong wind with rain in it blew him to Udjerlah’s place. He smiled his cheeky smile, threw his overnight bag on the floor and produced a gift for her. It was a beautiful table cloth, made by local women. Dotted all over with a design of animal tracks in the same earth tints as the desert, it was the pattern of life itself. The next day, Muthabadah took Udjerlah camping in the bush. They were not ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song: an adult fairy tale

Mar 04, 2010 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song: an adult fairy tale

Followers of Alice Online will be familiar with the work of Helen Womack, a British journo who has worked for more than twenty years as a correspondent for London’s Independent and also for the Fairfax media. Over the past decade or so Helen, a confirmed traveller, had added Central Australia to her path and in 2003 created the magazine Bushmag from Alice Springs. Like many journalists, Helen has another kind of writer dwelling within. In her case, this writer has her own name. Nelen wrote...Read more