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Indigenous creativity gets a boost

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

FOUR Indigenous writers and artists from across Australia have been chosen to receive grants from Magabala Books’ Indigenous Creators Scholarship programme for 2014.

This year’s successful applicants were announced at the opening event for Broome’s Corrugated Lines: A Festival of Words on August 8.

Sam Stream receives his scholarship

Above: Sam Stream (centre) with Magabala Books board member Julie Cobb (left) and Philanthropy Manager Sharon Griffiths.

Magabala’s Philanthropy Manager Sharon Griffiths said eight applications were received for this second round of scholarships – two from the Northern Territory, three from Queensland, two from WA and one from NSW.

“Interestingly, seven applications came from remote or regional areas, where it is often difficult to get professional development opportunities as an author or illustrator” said Sharon.

The scholarship program is entirely funded through private donations and in making the announcement, Magabala Books board member Julie Cobb thanked the donors. 

“Your support will continue to help our Indigenous creators to realize their dreams.  It also helps to build the growing body of Indigenous literature and to spread the seeds of our culture.”