BlackWords
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers and Storytellers
  • Welcome to BlackWords

    BlackWords records a diverse range information about the lives and works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers and the literary cultures and traditions that formed and influenced them.

    BlackWords is the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publications available. It covers all forms of creative writing, film, television, criticism and scholarship, both by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and literary and storytelling cultures.

    Search BlackWords by using the Advanced Search form. Limit your search to BlackWords in the Project drop down options and enter other terms or select other options to find the information you need.

    Specialist information for using BlackWords in teaching is available here or through the link at the left.

  • BlackWords contains images and information about people who have died

    Users are warned that AustLit contains information that may be culturally sensitive, including images of deceased persons.

    As a database that records information about Australian culture and history, AustLit, and the BlackWords material housed within it, contains terminology that reflects attitudes or language used at the time of publication that would be considered inappropriate today.

  • About

    BlackWords provides searchable information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, writing, storytelling, criticism and reviews. It is authoritative, inclusive, and up-to-date, and comprises:

    — an information-rich website

    — an excellent resource for teaching

    — a searchable database

    — a timeline of historical events

    — a forum for communication

    — a place for participation.

    BlackWords aims to be as inclusive as possible (see Scope) to represent the wide diversity of cultural and creative fields and genres in which Indigenous writers and storytellers in Australia work. At a minimum, BlackWords will include biographical information about Australian writers identifying with particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritages, as well as descriptive information about their works. BlackWords also includes information on storytellers and their work even if they have not published work.

    Records on BlackWords describe published and unpublished books, stories, plays, poems, and criticism associated with eligible writers and storytellers. BlackWords includes works in English, in Australian languages, and in translations.

    We welcome updates from authors, publishers, and others. Please contact us if you can help ensure that BlackWords is up-to-date and comprehensive.