'The last 40 years have seen a steady rise in the volume of Aboriginal writing published as authors across genres write stories that reflect not only the diversity of who we are today, but also demonstrate the skills we have collectively and individually honed over time. This paper looks at writing and publishing over the past decade (2005-2014) and explores the resources and milieu around Indigenous authored and controlled activities during the period.
Aboriginal people, along with Torres Strait Islanders, are collectively categorised as the Indigenous peoples of Australia. At the point of first contact there were approximately 700 different Aboriginal nations and languages across the continent, with an estimated population of 750,000. According to population statistics from the most recent census in 2011 the Indigenous population was 669,900 people or 3% of the overall Australian population.
Considering the size of the population and the relatively short history of our participation in the writing and publishing industries, there is much to celebrate in what our writers, publishers and editors have achieved in the past decade.'
Source: Author's introduction.