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Founded in Broome in the Kimberly region of Western Australia in 1987, Magabala Books is an Indigenous Australian publishing house. Its first book was Glenyse Ward's Wandering Girl (1988), which sold over 5,000 copies within two months; in addition British rights were sold to Virago Press. In 1990, Magabala became an independent Aboriginal corporation, managed by an all-Aboriginal management committee comprising local people and others with publishing experience.
Magabala 'publishes works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and editors, provides advice and publishing services and invites manuscripts.
IAD Press is the publishing arm of the Institute for Aboriginal Development. It was established 1972, is Mparntwe (Alice Springs), on the traditional lands of the Arrernte people. IAD Press publishes writing and artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including poetry, biographies, histories, fiction and children's books.
Dhuuluu-Yala by Dr Anita Heiss discusses the history of defining Aboriginality in Australia and the experience of being Aboriginal. Both these factors have impacted on the production of Aboriginal writing within the wider context of Indigenous writing. The author also focuses on Indigenous publishing in other countries and how best to market and publish Aboriginal literature.
Links on this page are to material excerpted from:
Dhuuluu-Yala=To Talk Straight : Publishing Indigenous Literature (see AustLit record) by Anita Heiss (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2003).
Each item is reproduced with the generous permission of the publisher.
Extracts available to read:
Footnotes from the original publication are included at the end of each extract. Unless otherwise indicated, quotes from Jackie Huggins, Jeanie Bell, Lisa Bellear, Cathie Craigie, Melissa Lucashenko, Sandra Phillips and Herb Wharton are sourced from the following personal interviews conducted by Anita Heiss:
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