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Edition 8 - April 2015

Message from the Chairperson

Continuing the work




It is with much pride that I can write and let you all know that we held our first Annual General Meeting on Saturday in Sydney. We had received many nominations and we now welcome our new Directors Bilawara Lee, Charmaine Green, Karen Wyld and Burraga Gutya and look forward to working and creating new and exciting opportunities with them. It is most appropriate at this time that I say goodbye to our previous Directors, Aunty Barbara Nicholson, Alexis West, Jimmy Everett and John Harding and thank them for their dedication and commitment to FNAWN we wouldn't have been able to achieve so much without them so thank you all.  

We are very busy planning our next FNAWN Workshop which will now be held in Melbourne on 28th and 29th August 2015. More information will be available soon.

I would like to say thank you to all our members and a big welcome to all our new members we look forward to working with you to further showcase the works of our members. Don't forget if you're a First Nations Australia poet, writer or storyteller and/or involved in the world of literature and not a member of FNAWN, it's important to become one.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their support, commitment and goodwill that they have given to supporting FNAWN to be the First Nations literary organisation that we need and want.

In Unity, (Aunty) Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Chairperson
 
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News from the network


Albany Writers Festival - Kim Scott with Jim Everett

Our very own Jim Everett participated in the Albany Writers Festival earlier in the year and has written a round-up.

Sunday 22nd February - 5.30pm to 7pm Kym and Jim were interviewed by local author Sarah Drummon at the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany. This was  Read more...

 


Us Mob Writers at Noted Festival

US Mob Writers (UNW) recently participated in Canberra's first every experimental writing festival, Noted held from 20-22 March. UMW held a workshop session on Sunday 22 March in the Mabo Room at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies. Read more ...
 
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Awards, Festival News and Book Launches


2015 Steller Prize nomination to Ellen van Neerven
Cover of Ellen van Neerven's Heat and LightThe 2015 Stella Prize shortlist was recently announced. FNAWN member, Ellen van Neerven's Heat and Light was selected from over 150 entries to be one of the six finalists.

We are incredibly proud of Ellen and her work. The winner will be announced in Melbourne on Tuesday 21st April.

Best of luck Ellen!




2015 Abbie Clancy Award Competition
The Society of Women Writers NSW LogoThe 2015 Abbie Clancy Award Competition closes on the 30th June 2015. The award is one of many administered by the Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. the organisation, which was founded in 1925, as an organsiation of writers helping writers.

For more information about the award, visit the Society of Women Writers NSW website.

Natalie Harkin's Dirty Words
Congratulations to Natalie Harkin's poetry anthology Dirty Words, has been published by Cordite Poetry Review.





Kahini Writers' Centre
The Kahini Writers' Centre is an online gathering place for writers from around teh world to share new work, discuss books, and grow as writers and people. Out of this Centre come in-person writing workshops and conferences in Africa, the Americas, Eurasia, and Oceania, including the New Delhi Writers' Conference, and the Kampala Writers' Festival. The Kahini Writers' Festival is keen to connect with writers from around the world. Learn more at kahini.org.

All dates and details of awards and other programs are presented in good faith and were correct at the time of printing. No liability will be accepted for incorrect details.

 
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2nd FNAWN National Workshop

28th and 29th August 2015



Our next national workshop will be held in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre in association with the Melbourne Writers Festival. The main program will be on Friday August 28th and Saturday 29th with attendees travelling in on Thursday 27th and returning home Saturday August 30th. 

We are pleased to announce that we have engaged the team that worked on our 2013 Brisbane workshop, Tony Duke and Miah Wright to produce the event with us.

The themes for the FNAWN  Workshop 2015 are:
  1. From Oral to Written to Digital - storytelling through time and across mediums
  2. Our writing is our work - sustaining careers and creating income generating pathways
  3. Getting connected staying connected - networking with peers, the literary sector, the publishing industry and funders (public, private and philanthropic)
  4. Writing Our Way - showcasing success and modelling achievement - Indigenous writers and writing initiatives
  5. Local National International - taking our stories to the World - sharing our culture, stories and history - defining and re-finding the boundaries - global communtiies.
You are encouraged to start planning your participation early and if you have any questions or require support with funding applications, please contact us via email: fnawnworkshop@yahoo.com.au or phone on 0477 020 388.
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Get published online

Share your news and contribute to our community

Writing across a range of genres provides opportunities for emerging writers to gain valuable experience, and for established writers to share their insight. The FNAWN website is a space to share news about what's happening in our community, as well as to provide a platform for First Nations writers to review works. If you have an article you would like to publish, we have created three types of posts. They include:

  • Booklub - a review on a published book by an Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, or an international Indigenous person. 
  • What's On - this includes launches, upcoming programs, event summaries.
  • Professional articles - this includes useful hints and tips for writers, editors, and publishers.
Each post will be shared across all our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and our monthly newsletter. For more information about the editorial schedule, please contact Cathy (executivedirector@fnawn.com)

Membership

Do you want to become a member of FNAWN? It's easy.  You must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer or involved in the literary world. Our individual fees are affordable and you will receive a newsletter informing you of what's happening in the world of First Nations Australia writing, poetry and story-telling. You will have opportunities that are not offered to non-members such as specialised projects, like attending writers groups, festivals etc, and you will be invited to our 2015 Workshop in August in Melbourne.

There has been a bit of confusion in relations to member dates. We apologise for that. At the moment membership to FNAWN is free until July 1, 2015. If you haven't joined yet contact Kerry (chairperson@fnawn.com) for a membership form to be sent to you.

Our fees (from the 1st of July 2015) will be:

Individual Under 18 - Free
Individual Over 18  - $25
Literary Organisations (not for profit) - $50
Other Organisations - $100
 

What is FNAWN?

If you haven't already heard about FNAWN, we are a new national writers and storytellers' advocacy, resource and support service. Here's what we do:
  • First Nations Australia Writers' Network is the national peak body supporting the development and promotion of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander literature and writers.
  • We enhance writers' skills and opportunities by fostering national networks and partnerships to develop projects and initiatives that will promote and present our literature to a wider audience.
  • We offer both emerging and established writers investment in their creative development and an opportunity to participate in professional advancement.
  • FNAWN will assist literary festivals and organisations to encourage Aboriginal participation by finding writers and developing programs.
  • We will represent and advocate on behalf of our membership, to policy making bodies and other relevant forums and agencies, to promote our writers, poets, and story-tellers' professional interests.
  • We will build strong relationships within the literary and arts industries to ensure our members' interests are included in any industry strategy, plan or policy
  • FNAWN will conduct and contribute research on issues concerning Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander literature and writing.
To find out more information on FNAWN and you can become involved please contact Cathy executivedirector@fnawn.com
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