Magabala Books Literary Fund


Why a Magabala Books Literary Fund?

Magabala books reveal the diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s stories. 

We receive manuscripts of great value to present and future generations. However, they may not have mainstream commercial appeal and therefore do not meet the economic criteria for inclusion in Magabala Books core publishing. But some stories are invaluable, and these are the stories we will publish from a perpetual Literary Fund. 

Yorro Yorro

What the Literary Fund has achieved so far:

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, Yorro Yorro will be reprinted in 2015 from the funds raised in 2014, our first year. The book, a collaboration between Aboriginal elder, David Mowaljarlai and Australian photographer, Jutta Malnic, tells the story of the continual creation and renewal of nature.

Yorro Yorro has superb photos, including the young Mowaljarlai from the 1930s.

Depending on the success of fundraising, Magabala Books hopes to publish a new edition of Two Sisters: Ngarta and Jukuna, by Bent, Chuguna, Lowe and Richards, in 2016. This book gives a powerful insight into the experience of people who walked out of the desert in the 1960s into a new world. Jukuna’s story may be the first autobiography written in an Aboriginal language (Walmajarri) and translated into English.

The impacts flowing from Magabala Books Literary Fund: 

  • Magabala Books will support Indigenous people to pass on their culture, history or story. 
  • Stories and books of national or cultural significance are available.
  • Creators are helped economically to bring their story to the world. 
  • Important works stay in print and are available to be used for research and educational purposes. 

Who will benefit?

  • Australians in general by the recording, publishing and promoting of a body of Indigenous literature on important cultural and personal stories.
  • Indigenous creators can generate income from royalties, rights, and from commissions.
  • Indigenous families, communities and individuals have a permanent written record of significant stories.
  • Indigenous people who experience a sense of pride and wellbeing arising from the recording and publication of their stories.
  • Libraries, research institutions, schools and other learning centres will have better access to significant and important cultural tools for educational purposes.
  • You too can benefit. Knowing that your generosity has enabled Magabala to continue to “spread the seeds of culture” across Australia and get important stories published. You, your family trust, or your business can benefit by being recognised in publications, depending on the level of your contribution. 

Magabala Books Literary Fund

What donations to the Literary Fund can do:

  • Pay copyright fees for use of archival photos: $100
  • Reprint an exceptional title. $1,000-$4,500 secures a reprint of 500-1000 books
  • Record and transcribe an oral history over six months: $5,000
  • Digitise and republish an important old title: $8,000
  • Edit, design and print an exceptional new story: $25,000
  • Bring back a range of Magabala ‘classics’ for our 30th anniversary celebrations: $40,000

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