Hi Everyone and welcome to another edition of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) newsletter. We have been pretty busy with many wonderful things happening in our literary world. Our members continue to shine as representatives of us as First Nations Australia writers, poets and storytellers.
My first call of duty is to congratulate Jane Harrison and her team for the successful inaugural Blak & Bright Festival held in Melbourne. I was very honoured to be involved in the 'Borrow a rare (living) book'
where people were asked to grab (gently) an Elder, settle down in a comfy chair with a cuppa and some damper for some yarning with living treasures. It was a wonderful session and I was privileged and honoured to sit alongside 3 other amazing Elders who had a vastness of knowledge and spirit. For me as the Chairperson of FNAWN I have a vision that one day we will have a Jane in every State and Territory. How wonderful would that be?
I think that most of you know that this will be my last newsletter as the Chairperson and next month at our AGM in Sydney I will officially step down from the Board. I know I have tried a few times before to make this happen but this time this is it! I proudly pass on the baton to our next Chairperson and I know whoever that will be, they will be dedicated and committed to make a difference to First Nations Australia writers, poets and storytellers. Our AGM will also bring new Directors and together with our current Directors I can see great things happening for FNAWN, so I will take this opportunity to thank them all right now. I would like to take this time to thank Cathy Craigie as the Executive Director for her commitment to FNAWN and to our literary world that we belong to. Cathy's vision and skills has played a major role in the success of FNAWN, she has given FNAWN her dedication and I thank her with all my heart. I take this time to thank many others as well and as always too many to name but here is just a few; Tony Duke, Mark Stapleton, Jill Eddington and all others who have been involved with FNAWN over the years we couldn't have done it without you.
I would like to take this chance to again welcome our new Directors and our new members as FNAWN looks forward to another successful year representing First Nations Australia poets, writers and storytellers. For me though the most important 'thank you'
that I can give today is to you our members. So here's to you our 'FNAWNees'
thank you all for your love, support and commitment to me and to FNAWN because without you there really wouldn't be a FNAWN.
Happy writing everyone. Stay strong. Stay deadly.
In unity and love always.
(Aunty) Kerry Reed-Gilbert