Ruby Moonlight

Ali Cobby-Eckermann

A verse novel that centres around the impact of colonisation in mid-north South Australia around 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the woods where she befriends an Irishman trapper. The poems convey how fear of discovery is overcome by the need for human contact, which, in a tense unravelling of events, is forcibly challenged by an Aboriginal lawman. The natural world is richly observed and Ruby’s courtship is measured by the turning of the seasons.

A compelling and dramatic story told in hauntingly sparse free verse, and one of the best examples of the narrative verse genre in recent memory.

- Ali Alizadeh, Overland Literary Journal

These innovative poems take up traditional narrative voices, bringing past conflicts vividly to life with short lines that are lucid, refined, and luminous... The writing is delicate yet strong, the tone is pitched so well the reader is not distracted by the agile technique that carries the narrative forward.

- Judges' Citation New South Wales Book of the Year Award

One of the most remarkable things about 'Ruby Moonlight' is the subtlety with which its political implications are handled: Eckermann invites (rather than dictates) political readings of what is, at heart, a simple and highly engaging narrative.

- Sarah Holland-Batt Southerly

Paperback & ebook
Adult Poetry

Ali Cobby-Eckermann

Ali Cobby -Eckermann

Magabala Books

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publishing house. Aboriginal owned and led, we celebrate and nurture the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

Ruby Moonlight
UK, Translation
Rights Sold
Film (Arena), North America (Flood)
Kate McCormack