David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer

2021 Shortlist

Congratulations to the finalists. 

'Politiks' by Chella Goldwin

Judges' comments:

Through this work, Chella explores important political points in First Nations’ history. As Chella states this ‘is a loose chronology of messages about political truth of Australian history and contemporary machinations.'

Within this collection there are some very strong and suggestive pieces. Her voice is powerful, especially her representation of the Torres Strait.

About the author:

Chella Goldwin is a Meriam kosker, Erubamle of the Torres Strait.  She honours her mentors the late Kerry Reed-Gilbert and Paul Collis’ guidance and the inspirational tenacity of her sister Sam Faulkner.

Historical truth-telling, family activism, her cultural heritage, social justice and messaging of these is the driving force for her writing.

She believes her young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander son’s writing will become an iconic landmark on Australia’s writing landscape.

'Mekauwe=Tears Volume #1 (Notes for Song) 1970-2020' by Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williams

Judges' comments:

This is a journey through Georgina’s life. Much of her writing is hard hitting, old school political observation but amongst it, there is a work that is incredibly poignant. Written over 50 years, this is a wailing and a proclamation at once, by a writer, activist and strong Kaurna/Narrunga woman. 

About the author:

Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williams is a Senior/Elder Clan Custodian/Traditional Owner. Georgina grew up on Point Pearce Mission, Yorke Peninsula (her Mother Country: Adgadurah). Georgina is a survivor of the dispossessed–Mullawirra Meyunna (the Dry Forest People) Southern Pangkara, her father’s country. Through her Kaurna/Narrunga grandparents Georgina grew up with Aboriginal knowledge and traditional relationship to country, reclaiming the spiritual and cultural responsibility of her clan. Georgina maintains care for country and traditional lore/law of the land by reclaiming the Tjirbruki Dreaming, of her father’s country. Georgina has been a poet, singer, writer, dancer and theatre director.