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Jun 06

Indigenous Writing and Editing Project

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Last Thursday, I went to a seminar on editing Australian Indigenous texts, held by the Indigenous editors of black&write! The editors, Ellen van Neerven-Currie and Linda McBride-Yuke, were the inaugural recipients of the Indigenous editing mentorships offered by the Queensland State Library. We participants were given a deadly* tour of the many indigenous languages, along with creoles, and local varieties of English – all presenting issues for the unwary or unaware.

They gave us a reading list and also a capacious book bag with the above picture on it. I plan to put both to good use.

There are a couple of free online highlights on the reading list:

The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia has an online gateway.

Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia is available as a free iBook.

Now for the ‘not free’.

If you would like to go book shopping, Magabala Books lists their black&write! prize winners here: http://www.magabala.com/books/black-write-winners.html Most of their books are available through the major e-book stores.

UQP also maintain a list of Black Australian Writing: http://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/CategoryBookList.aspx/62/Black%20Australian%20Writing
Their books can also be found in the major e-book stores.

If Australian Indigenous chick lit is your thing, then check out Anita Heiss – also available at an e-book store near you.

* ‘deadly’ means ‘excellent’ in Indigenous Australian English

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