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Harlequin announces shortlist for First Nations Fellowship

7 August 2019

Harlequin has announced the shortlist for the 2019 First Nations Fellowship for commercial fiction. The shortlisted writers and titles are: Julie Janson for ‘Desert Lands’  Melanie Saward for ‘Barks and the City’...

Program announced for 2019 Blak & Bright festival

7 August 2019

The program for this year’s Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival, to be held in Melbourne from 5-8 September, has been announced. More than 60 First Nations writers and...

UQP acquires Khatun, Whittaker, Elvery 

20 February 2019

UQP has announced a number of acquisitions made by publisher Aviva Tuffield across the publisher’s trade, scholarly and poetry lists. Tuffield acquired ANZ rights to Australian-Bangladeshi historian Samia Khatun’s Australianama:...

Black to leave Aboriginal Studies Press

1 July 2015

Rhonda Black has retired as publisher at Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) after 12 years in the role. Black was instrumental in developing many resources at ASP, including the publisher’s information...

A serious lack: YA books with Indigenous characters 

1 February 2013

Why are there so few YA books with Indigenous characters, asks Danielle Binks. Last year I read two wonderful Australian YA books, written by Indigenous authors and featuring Aboriginal protagonists....

BlackWords fifth birthday and symposium 

23 October 2012

AustLit’s database BlackWords: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Writers and Storytellers celebrated its fifth birthday at the Avid Reader bookshop with author readings on 19 October. The BlackWords Symposium was also held the...

Heiss wins Vic Prem’s award for Indigenous Writing

5 September 2012

Anita Heiss has won this year’s $20,000 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for her memoir on identity Am I Black Enough for You? (Random House). The award was...

Magabala Books celebrates 25 years 

24 April 2012

Magabala Books, Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous publisher will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The Broome-based publisher was founded in 1987 to restore, preserve and maintain Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander...

Preparations underway for Indigenous Literacy Day 

23 August 2011

Booksellers, publishers, schools, libraries and other organisations across Australia are taking part in the fifth Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September 2011, as well as other events over August...