There are some pretty deadly First Nations authors who have forged the way for years, others finding their place in the publishing industry and Australian literary landscape. I explore some of them below.
Some of the deadly authors we have loved meeting or working with:
First Nations authors we love to read:
And this is just a snippet of First Nation author (and illustrator) talent in Australia from 2022 and before. There are so many other talented First Nations authors and illustrators who have forged the path or are emerging now.
These links might help you explore some more:
Carl Merrison- First Nations Author
For us, Carl is a First Nations author and Hakea is of European and convict heritage. Together we write children’s, middle readers and YA books. Carl has his lived experience, stories from his life growing up in Halls Creek in the Kimberley’s, his experiences of issues that affect First Nations people in outback Australia. For Carl though, many of his stories don’t feel unique, special or worth writing though, as this is his everyday life. Hakea has years of experience as an English teacher and worked for many, many years in remote outback First Nations communities. Hakea and Carl collaborate to write their books about outback life and adventures. To date, they have ‘Black Cockatoo‘ (Magabala 2018), ‘Tracks of the Missing‘ (Magabala 2022), My Deadly Boots (Hachette 2022). Our books come with comprehensive teacher’s notes on our website.
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