The latest issue of JASAL, the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, is titled Country. It is with great pleasure that Kerry Kilner and Peter Minter announce that papers arising from the BlackWords Symposium in October 2012 are published as a special section.
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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature. She has a PhD in Communication and Media which resulted in a history of Indigenous publishing titled Dhuuluu-Yala : To Talk Straight. Other published works include the historical novel Who Am I? : The Diary of Mary Talence : Sydney, 1937, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, which she co-edited with Peter Minter.
BlackWords in Conversation – in 2014, BlackWords published a series of interviews with contemporary Black Australian writers. See the AustLit blog to keep up to date with these weekly insights in the lives and work of fantastic creative writers.
We have compiled an Historical Events Calendar. The calendar contains information about significant political, historical, social and cultural dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The fifth anniversary symposium was held on Saturday, 20 October, 2012 at the UQ Art Museum on The University of Queensland's St Lucia campus.
It followed a celebration at the Avid Reader bookshop in West End on Friday, 19 October, which launched UQP's David Unaipon award winner e-book collection. Some recent award winners read from their work.
Speakers at the Symposium included Melissa Lucashenko, who gave the Keynote Address, Bruce Pascoe, and Wesley Enoch. Other speakers included Ellen Van Neerven-Currie, Irene Howe, Natalie Harkin, J. Linda McBride-Yuke, Simone Tur, Faye Blanche and Dr Jared Thomas.
Emcee artist Kayemtee closed the Symposium with a performance.