2020 black&write! Fellows
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Carl Merrison. Image: supplied
Reconciliation and diversity were the resonant themes in the children and early reader stories selected for State Library of Queensland’s 2020 black&write! Fellowships.
Eunice Day from Queensland and West Australian Carl Merrison were each awarded the $10,000 fellowships today.
Eunice Day is a proud Aboriginal woman descended from the Yimen Eaglehawk people and Lama Lama people. Her story Rabbits by the Fenceline is an illustrated children’s story about reconciliation. The tale follows a group of rabbits split by small differences but eventually find a way to come together.
West Australian Carl Merrison won the second fellowship for his early reader series Backyard Sports. Carl is a respected Kija man from the Halls Creek area. His stories follow adventures that begin when a ball goes over the fence and show the diversity of First Nation childhoods in the Kimberley.
Based on the strength of the applicants, the judging panel has also awarded four highly commended entries: Charles Passi from Queensland for Eyes of the Sea; Edoardo Crismani from South Australia for Finding Billy Brown; Nicole Jones from Queensland for I Am As You Are and Darren Green from New South Wales for Baloo Murri.
black&write! is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, publishing partner Hachette Australia, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust.
“In a year of record entries, I congratulate winning writers Eunice Day and Carl Merrison as this year’s black&write! Fellowship recipients,” Qld Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said.
“These Fellowships introduce us to exciting new voices in literature, and make an important contribution in expanding contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing.”
“Now, more than ever in this time of global change and disruption, we need our stories to be told.”
2020 black&write! Fellow, Carl Merrison (pictured) said, "Winning this Fellowship means a lot. I'm gobsmacked. The recognition, and the chance to have my story published is incredible. The story will be around longer than me, I hope."
For more information about black&write! visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/get-involved/fellowships-awards-residencies/blackwrite
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