Queensland leads the way in supporting Indigenous writers

Two exciting new works of fiction by Indigenous authors will be published through State Library of Queensland’s 2014 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships.

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker announced first-time author Adrian Stanley and distinguished playwright Jane Harrison as the two 2014 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellows.

“Once again the competition has revealed an exceptional range of Indigenous literary talent from across Australia,” Mr Walker said.

“Adrian balances a fly-in fly-out mining job with care for his disabled children and lives in Adelaide. His winning manuscript Could be Worse is a comical tale of colourful characters in a small country town and is Adrian’s first novel.”

“Jane Harrison is an established playwright whose works have been performed in Australia and internationally. Her winning manuscript Becoming Kirrali Lewis is a young adult novel,” Mr Walker said.

Each of the two fellowship prizes are worth $10,000, and include a publishing deal with leading Australian Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books. The prizes were awarded following the national competition for published or emerging Indigenous authors of fiction.

Highly commended in the 2014 competition were Dylan Coleman from Adelaide for her novel Clear Water White Death, Siv Parker from Lismore for her novel On Dusk, and Alison Whittaker from Sydney for her poetry collection Lemons in the Chicken-Wire.

Now in its fourth year, the black&write! project was launched to train, mentor and promote outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors and encourage a love of reading, writing and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that since the project’s launch in 2010, black&write! continues to foster a thriving Indigenous Australian writing community.

“A national project and the first of its kind in Australia, black&write! continues to demonstrate the value and importance of Indigenous Australian literature,” said Ms Wright.

“Queensland is leading the way in supporting and developing outstanding Indigenous literary talent and making it accessible to the Australian and international public.”

black&write! is supported by State Library of Queensland and publishing partner Magabala Books.

Entries for the 2015 fellowships close 30 January 2015. Visit slq.qld.gov.au for conditions of entry.

Media enquiries:
Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

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