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Ambelin Kwaymullina Ambelin Kwaymullina i(A109528 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Palyku
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Ambelin Kwaymullina graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). She worked in the areas of natural resource management, law reform and politics. Kwaymullina published her first work for children, the picture book Crow and the Waterhole, in 2007.

In February 2010, Fremantle Press announced Ambelin Kwaymullina had been selected among 25 Australian illustrators whose work will be exhibited by the Australian Publishers' Association at the Brologna Children's Book Fair in March 2010 for Crow and the Waterhole. The exhibition promotes Australian culture and literary culture internationally.

She has subsequently published a wide range of children's books, both independently and in collaboration with family members.

Ambelin Kwaymullina is the daughter of Sally Morgan and the sister of Blaze Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Her heritage is the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean-Up 2018 single work picture book children's

'An environmental tale for Early Childhood and Lower Primary readers that shows how animals are affected by rubbish left in their habitat by humans. Ambelin Kwaymullina’s illustrations are an explosion of colour and cleverly show the perils faced by our native animals. 

'When the animals work as a team to come up with ways to look after the bush, they decide to ask the humans to REDUCE, RECYCLE and use RUBBISH BINS. But it is Benny Bungarra who has the bright idea of a BIG BUSH CLEAN-UP so the animals can also help look after the bush.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Book for Language Development – Indigenous Children
Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence Mother of Invention , 2018 single work essay

'I am a Palyku author of Indigenous Futurisms, a term coined by Anishinaabe academic Grace Dillon to describe a form of storytelling whereby Indigenous peoples use the speculative fiction genre to challenge colonialism and imagine Indigenous futures. Indigenous Futurist writers draw from worldviews shaped by our ancient cultures, from our inheritance of the multigenerational trauma of colonialism, and from the sophisticated understandings of systems of oppression that are part of the knowledge base of all oppressed peoples. Because of this, we share similarities that shape our works and provide a fruitful base for cross-textual analysis. But because we are many individuals from many Indigenous nations, each with our own homelands, cultures, and identities, there is also great diversity between us all. As such, my viewpoint is one among many Indigenous viewpoints.' (Introduction)

2018 shortlisted Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award
Dream Little One, Dream 2016 single work picture book children's

'When Moon shines and earth breathes a breath of deepest night dream, little one, dream into the peace of a wonderful world.

'From sunrise to night-time, celebrate the wonders of nature with this rhythmic and radiant bedtime story.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Book for Language Development – Indigenous Children
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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