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Writing awards offer opportunities

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July 25, 2017

Alana Charles, Narida Vella (back), Nakiah Bamblett and Ollie Patten won last year's Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards.

Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards co-ordinator Sharon Charles and Kella Robinson.

Witty wordsmiths, storytellers and crafters of language are being invited to enter the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards.

The awards started in 2012 as a way of giving local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a chance to express themselves through writing.

Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards co-ordinator Sharon Charles said the awards were open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in our region.

Ms Charles has co-ordinated the competition for three years and said it was wonderful to see it continue to expand.

Last year organisers created an elders section that proved popular with many mature writers, and the competition’s language section continues to attract a wide variety of entries.

Ms Charles said entries were collected from Goulburn Valley Library branches and given to five judges to read anonymously.

Ms Charles said one of her favourite parts of the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards was seeing the different entrants each year.

There are three categories in the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards:

●The story/yarn/article/play category has four sections — junior section (eight to 12 years), youth section (13 to 18 years), open section (19 years and older) and the elders section (65 years and older).

●The poem/lyric/rap category has four sections — junior section (eight to 12 years), youth section (13 to 18 years), open section (19 years and older) and the elders section (65 years and older).

●There is also a category for Aboriginal languages of this region in any written form. There are three sections — junior section (eight to 12 years), youth section (13 to 18 years) and the open section (19 years and older).

For the language section, some Aboriginal words must be used but the entire entry does not have to be written in Aboriginal language and a translation is required for all language entries.

The Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards are now open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to our region. Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from www.gvlibraries.com.au

Entry forms are also available from Rumbalara Aboriginal Health Service, 20 Rumbalara Rd, Mooroopna. To stay up-to-date with the awards, like them on Facebook at Dungala-Kaiela Writing. Entries for the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards close on August 31.

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