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Stanley and Harrison win 2014 black&write! fellowships

Adrian Stanley and Jane Harrison are the winners of the 2014 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships.

Each of the fellowships are worth $10,000 and include publication by Magabala Books.

Stanley’s novel Could be Worse is ‘a comical tale of colourful characters in a small country town’, said Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker in a statement announcing the winners. Could be Worse was previously shortlisted for the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer.

Harrison’s Becoming Kirrali Lewis is a young-adult novel. The author is an established playwright whose works have been performed in Australia and internationally.

A number of works were highly commended in the 2014 competition: Dylan Coleman’s novel Clear Water White Death, Siv Parker’s novel On Dusk, and Alison Whittaker’s poetry collection Lemons in the Chicken-Wire.

Now in its fourth year, black&write! is supported by State Library of Queensland and publishing partner Magabala Books. It is designed 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’.

Entries for the 2015 fellowships close 30 January 2015. More information is available at



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