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Jones, Whittaker win 2015 black&write! fellowships

Jannali Jones and Alison Whittaker are the winners of the 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships.

Each fellowship is worth $10,000 and includes publication by Magabala Books.

Jones’ novel My Father’s Shadow is ‘an atmospheric mystery about secrets, guilt, young love and an 18-year-old girl’s journey to reconcile her past,’ said Queensland state librarian Janette Wright in a statement.

Whittaker’s book Lemons in the Chicken Wire is a collection of poems ‘about family, displacement, identity and love’.

The State Library of Queensland also announced Grace Lucas-Pennington and Yasmin Smith as the recipients of the editing intern fellowships, offered for the first time since 2010. The two-year fellowships are worth $20,000 per annum.

Now in its fifth 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 2016 fellowships open later this year. More information is available here.


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