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Teresa Podemska-Abt

Teresa Podemska-Abt
 

Teresa Podemska-Abt was born on 28th July 1952. She graduated from the Wrocław University, the faculty of Polish Philology, and worked as a Polish teacher.

In 1981, she left Poland with her husband, Artur, and their five-year old son Kamil and settled in Australia. In 1983, she established the School of Polish Language and Culture, she co-created radio broadcasts and cultural programs for the Polish community in Australia. She completed post-graduate studies in education, multiculturalism and Australian English-speaking media on the faculty of Education, University of Adelaide and wrote her PhD thesis on the Aboriginal literature at the University of South Australia. She organized meetings of the Polish diaspora with Polish artists, such as Jacek Kaczmarski, Edyta Geppert, Jerzy Stuhr. Together with Karol Herisz, Jerzy Dudziński, Wacław Jędrzejczak and Mirosław Dziczkowski she set up the Polish Cultural Association, the venue for Polish emigration creative activities.

The gist of Teresa Podemska-Abt’s academic work is research and interpretation of contemporary Aboriginal literature. She is the author of articles and scholar books on the literature of Indigenous Australians. She is also a literary critic, academic and literary essayist on Polish community literature and migration. The prose by Teresa Podemska-Abt also includes editorials. She has translated Aboriginal poetry into Polish. She also writes poems and she published the following poetry collections: "Żywe sny" (Living Dreams) and "Pomieszały mi się światy" (I Got the Worlds Mixed Up), her poetry was included in many anthologies and literary magazines ("Tygiel Kultury", "Poezja dzisiaj").


Interview by Edi Pyrek in Adelaide in 2011.
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The reason for emigrating: curiosity
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Fear of leaving
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Leap into Australia
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Believing stories
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Prayer book
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Longing from a distance
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Wishing to be a part of Poland
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