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First Nations and People of Colour Writers Count research commences

The organisers of the First Nations and People of Colour Writers Count have announced that research for the project has commenced.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised $26,559, the project will examine data related to more than 3000 titles to confirm how many books by First Nations and People of Colour were published in 2018.

‘There is a distinct lack of statistical research in this area,’ said Natalie Kon-yu, a member of the project’s executive committee. ‘This project would be the very first look at the representation of First Nations writers and writers of colour within the publishing industry.’

The count’s executive team comprises Kon-yu, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Tresa LeClerc, Rebecca Lim and Alison Whittaker, with Djed Press editorial director Hella Ibrahim, creative producer Jasmeet Sahi and writer and MEAA federal councillor Marisa Wikramanayake serving as administrators. Researcher and UTS doctoral candidate Emily Booth, whose project on the 2018 publication data of own voices picture books by First Nations and POC authors was awarded the UTS Social Impact Grant, has also joined the team.

The research is expected to take several months.


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