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Welcome to BlackWords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing and Storytelling



BlackWords is the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publications available, covering all forms of creative writing, plus film, television, criticism and scholarship.

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Introduction to BlackWords

About BlackWords

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History of BlackWords

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Calendar of Historical Events

Teaching with BlackWords

Information and resources to assist teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom.

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BlackWords Calendar of Historical Events

BlackWords Calendar of Historical Events

This calendar of events highlights significant moments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, with a special focus on literary achievements.

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BlackWords Trails and Exhibitions

BlackWords Trails and Exhibitions

Information trails and exhibitions that gather together detailed information on themes relevant to the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in teaching and research.

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The BlackWords Essays

The BlackWords Essays

A collection of essays by Professor Anita Heiss that assist readers to better understand the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and publishing on Australia’s literary landscape.

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BlackWords on Tour

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BlackWords on Tour

Register here for the next Teaching and Learning with BlackWords event, April-May 2019.

‘Stories for Reconciliation’ Club

Join UQ’s ‘Stories for Reconciliation’ Club to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander books and film.

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Here is a collection of curated BlackWords content for readers, researchers, teachers, and students interested in expanding their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and storytelling.

Language and Country

Language and Country

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In Conversation with BlackWords

In Conversation with BlackWords

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Courting Blackness

Courting Blackness

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Growing up Indigenous

Growing up Indigenous

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Stolen Generations

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Stolen Generations

Young Adult Fiction of Oceania

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