We strive to create a comprehensive record of all publications by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, storytellers, film-makers, critics, and writers in other relevant areas.
In BlackWords we provide descriptive records for works of creative writing:
BlackWords also includes non-fiction, creative non-fiction and other forms of scholarship:
As appropriate, BlackWords records information about stories from oral traditions, that are part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling cultures, but which have not been formally published. We also record details of organisations such as publishers and performance groups.
BlackWords aims to include appropriate biographical information about Australian writers and storytellers identifying with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritages.
Please note: BlackWords does not record cultural heritage information unless authors have publicly claimed these heritages themselves or the information is recorded in the public domain.
The heritage terms in BlackWords are used with permission, and conform as far as possible to those used by the AIATSIS - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies thesauri. Spellings are fluid and may change over time. We attempt to record variant spellings. Language information comes from the AustLang database of Australian Languages.
A number of specialist works were used in our foundation years to expand BlackWords coverage, including:
Since then we have used a range of texts to expand and enhance the content we publish. Recommended texts include.
Peter Minter and Anita Heiss (Eds) Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature
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