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black&write! Writing Fellowship 2019 winners announced

The 2019 black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers have been awarded to Adelaide-based writer Tania Crampton-Larking and Canberra-based writer Lisa Fuller.

Crampton-Larking, who returned to her birthplace of Port Lincoln at the age of eight after living in Adelaide, was selected for her children’s novel manuscript ‘Brightest Wild’, which was inspired by her sense of wonder in rediscovering the natural world after spending years in the city.

Fuller, a Wuilli Wuilli woman also descended from Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng peoples from South East Queensland, was selected for her story ‘Welshpool’, which grew out of correspondence with her eldest nieces, and a desire to help them maintain their connection to country and culture.

Each fellowship is worth $10,000 and includes editorial development from the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! editorial team, and consideration for publication by Hachette Australia.

The judges also announced four highly commended entries from the ‘extremely strong’ field of applicants for the 2019 competition. They were:

  • Susie Anderson (NSW) for her poetry collection ‘Revolve’
  • Boyd Quakawoot (QLD) for the adult fiction work ‘Valley of Cane and Crows’
  • Loki Liddle (QLD) for his poetry collection ‘Snake of Light’
  • Kodie Bedford (WA) for the adult fiction work ‘Sunny Daughter Girl’.

The black&write! Fellowships are 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’.

More information about the black&write! Fellowships is available here.

 

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