Maggie Walsh

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Maggie Walsh
Maggie Walsh

BIOGRAPHY

Maggie Walsh is a Bwcolgamon woman from Palm Island. As she has spent a lot of her childhood years in the Dormitory, Walsh is still finding her family connections. Walsh was born in Townsville in 1964. Her mother Anne was in the Dormitory. She was 17 years old. When she was two years old, her mother was sent to work on the mainland. Walsh remained in the Dormitory and was cared for by the young women friends of her mother, women who had been sent to Palm Island, away from their homes and families. When the Dormitory closed in 1975, at eleven years old, Walsh was placed back into the care of her mother. Walsh has read her poetry at various events and festivals over the years, NAIDOC in Townsville, WIPCE Conference at Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, the Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, and the Palm Island Spring Festival. (vagabondpress.net/products/maggie-walsh-debut-collection)