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Claire G. Coleman Claire G. Coleman i(9648274 works by)
Born: Established: Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Noongar / Nyoongar / Nyoongah / Nyungar / Nyungah/Noonygar
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Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. She writes fiction, essays and poetry while (mostly) traveling around the continent now called Australia in a ragged caravan towed by an ancient troopy (the car has earned 'vintage' status). Born in Perth, away from her ancestral country she has lived most of her life in Victoria and most of that in and around Melbourne.

During an extended circuit of the continent she wrote a novel, influenced by certain experiences gained on the road. She has since won a Black&Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for that novel, Terra Nullius, which was published in 2017.

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Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature

Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $21,500.

2018 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best New Talent

Awards for Works

I Am the Road "My grandfather was the bush, the coast, salmon gums, hakeas, blue-grey banskias", Overland [Online] , October 2018 single work poetry
2018 highly commended Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize
Terra Nullius 2017 single work novel science fiction

'In the near future Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? A daring debut novel from the winner of the 2016 black&write! writing fellowship.

''Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running.'

'The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all.

'This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This TERRA NULLIUS is something new, but all too familiar.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2018 winner Norma K. Hemming Award Long Work
2018 winner Tin Duck Award, Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) Best WA Professional Long Written Work
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2018 runner up MUD Literary Prize
2018 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2018 longlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
2016 joint winner black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships
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