Contemporary stories

A selection of stories and collection responses told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: the stories may contain references to or images of people who are deceased.


ReTold is a collection of online stories gathered in partnership with Torres Strait Islander language speakers and community members living in mainland Queensland. Members of Queensland's Torres Strait Islander community remember, reclaim and retell some of the selected stories and songs from the publication Myths and Legends of the Torres Strait by Margaret Lawrie.

Cape Treasures

Take a look at some animated stories co-created by children from the Cape York communities of Wujal Wujal, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, and Injinoo.

Galbiri Voices - celebrating Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day

As part of the Big Voices exhibition program, kuril dhagun delivered Galbiri Voices as an online event that also celebrated Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day on 4 August 2020. Gather your jarjum (children) and join First Nations performers Sah and Ethan as they perform fun musical interpretations of children’s artworks featured in the Big Voices exhibition. Sing along, dance and create your own personal response to the art.

What's on

Check out upcoming programs at the State Library of Queensland.

Sharing stories at State Library

Kurilpa point, the home of State Library, has long been a gathering place for Aboriginal people; sharing and exchanging as they meet on the river crossing. State Library continues this tradition today as a venue for sharing collections, contemporary stories and gathering in the spirit of reciprocal respect and reconciliation. Recordings of events and programming that embody these values are available for viewing.


black&write! is a national project that recruits, trains and mentors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors and writers. It’s the only project of its kind in Australia with a dual focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and editing, offering unique opportunities through the black&write! Writing Fellowships and the black&write! Editing Internships. black&write! encourages lifelong learning and literacy, and fosters a love of reading, writing and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.