Greetings to all FNAWNees, friends and associates of FNAWN:
Welcome to our FNAWN e-newsletter Volume One 2022, as the Australian literary festival season is now well underway and with restrictions having all but now lifted right across our borders and nations, gleefully we are now re-entering the physical space of attendance, readings, and performances which are being held right around the country at literary and writer’s festivals. FNAWN are very excited with upcoming announcements on sponsoring literary events, promoting FNAWNee speakers, performers, book launches, and poetry readings at the cultural interface of Australian literature and publishing. As such, FNAWN will be attending the Adelaide Writers’ Week from the 5th – 10th March. FNAWN will be podcasting with some of our emerging, career established, and award-winning poets, writers, and storytellers with their shared thoughts, ideas, and visions for the love of their craft. Watch this space!
FNAWN Life Patron, Executive Board, Directors
LIFETIME PATRON: Dr Jackie Huggins (QLD) Bidjara, and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples
EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON: Yvette Holt (NT) Bidjara, Wakaman, and Iman-Yiman Nations of Queensland
TREASURER: Samantha Faulkner (ACT) Torres Strait Islander Badu and Moa Islands, and Wuthuthi peoples, Cape York Peninsula
SECRETARY: Ali Cobby Eckermann (SA) Yankunytjatjara, South Australia
DIRECTOR: Edoardo Crismani (SA) Wiradjuri, New South Wales
DIRECTOR: Chella Goldwin (QLD) Meriam kosker, Erubamle of the Torres Strait
DIRECTOR: John Harding (VIC) Kuku Yulangi, and Meriam peidu, Torres Strait Islands
PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR: Karen Wyld (SA) Martu descendent, Pilbara region Western Australia
Exclusive Membership offer from Writing NSW
FNAWN are very proud to announce that our partners at Writing NSW are offering free membership of their organisation exclusively to FNAWN members who live in New South Wales. FNAWN have worked with Writing NSW over many years, including the initial and ongoing collaboration projects such as their Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship. FNAWN are delighted that Writing NSW have extended this offer to our FNAWN Members; Membership of Writing NSW gives you discounts on their courses and other programs, as well as access to some of their member-only programs like publisher open days. If you would like to take up this offer, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the good folks at Writing NSW.
FNAWN & ASA Partnership
The First Nations Australian Writers Network is proud to be recognised as a partner organisation of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). FNAWN members receive a 40% discount on ASA membership fees. The ASA is the professional association for Australia’s authors and illustrators and has advanced and protected the interests of writers and illustrators since 1963. For over 50 years they have been providing advocacy, support and advice to Australian creators relating to their professional practice. One of the great achievements of the ASA was the successful campaign for Public Lending Rights and Educational Lending Rights, which provides payments to creators for works in libraries, as well as the foundation of the Copyright Agency, which has created an additional income stream for many writers.
Reminder to Members
Throughout 2022 FNAWN has exciting members-only activities planned for the year, so please make sure your contact details are up to date, and that FNAWN emails aren’t going to your spam folder. We trust that those of you who took advantage of our FNAWN bonus e-gift from November to December 2021, have received your books up to the value of $50 from our good friends at Booktopia. FNAWN branded face masks are out in the post – why not send us your best FNAWN mask selfie when you receive it. FNAWN will also have plenty of extra FNAWN face masks to the Adelaide Writers’ Week.