Pamela Lofts Bequest for aspiring young Indigenous writers

Pamela Lofts Bequest for aspiring young Indigenous writers

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is delighted to announce a new mentoring workshop that will nurture talented young Indigenous writers.

The Pamela Lofts Bequest for Literacy & Learning workshop will take place with the support of the Yirara College of the Finke River Mission Inc. in Alice Springs at the end of March 2014.

"These workshops have been made possible by Pamela Lofts' very generous bequest to the Foundation and as a former Alice Springs artist and children's illustrator, we believe that they are a very appropriate way in which to honour Pamela's very significant contribution to children's literature,” Karen Williams, Executive Director of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, said.

The Pamela Lofts Bequest for Literacy & Learning workshop will be led by Ali Cobby-Eckermann, an award-winning author and poet and an ex-student of Yirara college. The bequest will offer six to eight young writers from remote communities the opportunity of working closely with established and successful authors. The emerging writers, all of whom currently attend Yirara College, have been specifically chosen for their talent and interest in story-writing. The young writers come from isolated and remote communities as far afield as Broome and Robinson River as well as Hermannsburg, Minyerri and Harts Range in the Northern Territory.

Ali Cobby-Eckermann, a Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha kunga (woman) has been instrumental in nurturing young Aboriginal writers and ran the See My World project for The Fred Hollows Foundation in 2009. Ali has just received the inaugural Tangkanungku Pintyanthi Fellowship at the Adelaide Literature Awards. Other Aboriginal writing mentors include seasoned poet and writer Lionel Fogarty and an emerging 22-year-old writer/poet, Lorna Munro.

The ILF hopes to publish a volume of the students’ work and, with Pamela Lofts’ endowment, will mentor another group of young Indigenous writers in 2015.

• For further information please contact Karen Williams, ED, ILF on (02) 9698 2884.

  • Posted 25 March, 2014

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