Note: Photo courtesy of Fremantle Press.
Ambelin Kwaymullina i(34 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Palyku
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Ambelin Kwaymullina graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). She worked in the areas of natural resource management, law reform and politics. Kwaymullina published her first work for children, the picture book Crow and the Waterhole, in 2007.

In February 2010, Fremantle Press announced Ambelin Kwaymullina had been selected among 25 Australian illustrators whose work will be exhibited by the Australian Publishers' Association at the Brologna Children's Book Fair in March 2010 for Crow and the Waterhole. The exhibition promotes Australian culture and literary culture internationally.

Ambelin Kwaymullina is the daughter of Sally Morgan and the sister of Blaze Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Her heritage is the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Awards for Works

The Lost Girl 2014 single work children's fiction young adult

'A beautiful story of how Mother Nature helps a lost girl find her way back to her family.

'The girl had lost her way. She had wandered away from the Mothers, the Aunties and the Grandmothers, from the Fathers and the Uncles and the Grandfathers. Who will show her the way home?' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Western Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Books
2015 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Crichton Award
2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Book for Language Development – Indigenous Children
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf 2012 single work novel young adult fantasy

'The Reckoning destroyed civilisation and humanity has had to rise from the ashes. But there are now people with abilities - Flyers, Firestarters, Rumblers - and society is scared of them. The government calls them Illegals. Ashala Wolf protects a group of Illegals. They hide together in the Firstwood and she'll do anything to keep them safe. When Ashala is captured, she realises she has been betrayed by someone she trusted. Now she only has herself. But when Neville starts digging in her memories for information, she doubts she can protect her people forever...will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2012 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel
2012 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Best Novel
Charlie Burr and the Three Stolen Dollars 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'Charlie has "borrowed" three dollars from his mum to buy an icy pole, and Charlie's dad has brought home a dingo pup. So Mum isn't happy with either Dad or Charlie! To get back in her good books Charlie has to quickly find a way to recoup the three dollars and work out how to keep the pup. It's not hard to believe that trouble follows, but the ever-resourceful Charlie soon finds a plan.' (From the publisher's website.)
2011 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature
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