Australian writing has a blak past and future

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Karen Wyld

Looking at Australia’s literature and publishing sector, Karen Wyld suggests how it could better support First Nations writers.

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More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are being published than ever before. Walking in the footsteps of storytellers past and present, some First Nations writers are even pursuing writing as a career.

About the author

Karen Wyld is an author, freelance writer and consultant of Martu descent. She once owned an independent bookshop and is currently an Australia Council for the Arts peer.

Her debut novel was short-listed for the 2015 SA Readers & Writers People’s Choice Award. Karen received the 2018 Hardcopy/First Nations Australia Writers Scholarship and was short-listed in the 2017 Richell Prize. She has a children’s nonfiction book being release by Hachette in 2020.

Karen has just commenced a Masters of Creative Arts (Research) to explore the use of magic realism/allegory as a storytelling device in First Peoples novels, and how Australian publishers respond to such works.

Twitter: @1KarenWyld