Sovereign Stories 10 years of black&write!

Free showcase
23 Oct 2021 – 17 July 2022
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Overview | Books | Authors 

We acknowledge and are connected to the storykeepers who have come before us and those who will come after us. 

black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project is an Indigenous-led, national project that inspires people from all walks of life to connect with the rich knowledge, heritage and cultures of First Nations peoples through story. 

In this exhibition, meet the authors and editors who have been part of black&write! and discover some truly special First Nations stories. 

Stories

Events

Sovereign Stories Curators Tour
TICKETED

Sovereign Stories Curator's tour

Tue 22 Feb (multiple dates) · 11–11:30am
You’re invited to celebrate the achievements of black&write! authors and editors and the future of First Nations literature in Australia.    Guests will join showcase curator, Grace Lucas-Pennington, on a tour of Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write!, to discover ten years of storytelling from some of Australia’s brightest First Nations voices.  Tell your friends about your favourite First Nations book on Instagram using #slqSovereignStories and tagging @kurildhagun.  Subscribe to be the first to know about our program of events.    Important COVID-19 information In line with the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, from 17 December 2021 unvaccinated people aged 16 years and over will be unable to enter Queensland Government-owned libraries, galleries and museums. This includes State Library of Queensland.  We will continue following Queensland Government advice. Given the public health directions are subject to change, please check our alerts page before your visit for the latest information.  

The Conversation: what is the future of First Nations literature?

17 November 2021
This continent has the oldest continuous storytelling tradition in the world. But the Australian literary canon is, let’s face it, overwhelmingly white. And while First Nations literature is increasingly visible in bookshops and literary awards, are things really changing? Have the Black Lives Matter protests affected the publishing world? What role do schools and universities play in showcasing diverse voices? And why should Australians read more First Nations literature?   

About the Sovereign Stories artwork

Artist, Kambarni, has created a drawing that reflects ideas of cultural ownership and sovereignty.

The drawing illustrates the connection between land, culture and our people's sovereignty. 

Key to this drawing is the smoke wafting and pulling everything together, protecting all to share their stories. Smoke follows through the drawing and signifies people taking ownership of their stories and customs. The smoke protects people and their culture. 

2022 black&write! fellowships

2022 black&write! fellowships are now open. Submit your application by 11 February.

From the blog

Sovereign storytelling: Adam Thompson on Nan's scary tales and writing as meditation

25 November 2021
The Sovereign Stories showcase at State Library celebrates a decade of First Nations writing and editing excellence through the black&write! project. In this series of interviews, we talk to emerging First Nations authors about their memories of sharing stories with family, the creative process, and the power of storytelling in their lives. 

Sovereign storytelling: Mykaela Saunders on wild and funny yarns

19 October 2021
The Sovereign Stories showcase at State Library celebrates a decade of First Nations writing and editing excellence through the black&write! project. In this series of interviews, we talk to emerging First Nations authors about their memories of sharing stories with family, the creative process, and the power of storytelling in their lives. 

Blak Excellence at the Brisbane Writers Festival

10 June 2021
The 2021 Brisbane Writers’ Festival was a blakout. Ellen Van Neerven, Mununjali poet and writer, opened the festivities at First Word by acknowledging the 32 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who would be presenting at the Festival. 

Learn

Explore our wide range of First Nations educational resources.

More black&write!

black&write!

black&write! is a national project with a dual focus on supporting First Nations writing and editing.

black&write! Writing Fellowships

Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.  The winning Fellows work closely with black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts for publication. We are proud to work with our publishing partner, Hachette Australia.

black&write! Editing Internships

As part of our writing and editing program, black&write! periodically provides internships to aspiring First Nations editors. 

black&write! is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust, The Brian J Sutton Charitable Trust and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. We are proud to work with Hachette Australia as the black&write! Fellowship publishing partner.