During the first week of November a group of nine girls from the senior girls’ class from Tiwi College on Melville Island, ranging from 14 to 18 years, travelled to Sydney. They participated in a weeklong writing and mentoring workshop, made possible through a generous donation from the Norman Family Bequest, in memory of publisher Matt Richell.
This Tiwi College class is quickly developing collection of published books. The girls’ first story Bangs 2 Jurrukuk was published in 2013 with the assistance of John Danalis and the team at Allen & Unwin. While they visited Sydney this time the girls received a pre publication copy of their second book, Tiwi Girl, which was written in 2014 with Alison Lester and the assistance of HarperCollins. A little celebration of this landmark took place at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence where the girls were surprised with a visit from ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy. The book will be published in its final form as part of the ILF 2016 Community Publishing Program. This moment will appear in the Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas program on December 6 at 7pm on Channel Nine
Both Milikapiti school and the senior Tiwi College girls certainly enjoyed being the centre of attention and we were thrilled SMH journalist Susan Wyndham covered all our Community Publishing Program news.
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