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We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

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Get your ‘work in progress’ in front of publishing experts. Think of it like speed dating (with stories).

Hosted by the First Nations Australia Writers Network with representatives from Allen & Unwin, Black Inc, Hachette, Hardie Grant, HarperCollins, Magabala Books, Penguin Random House, Text, UQP.

Afternoon tea is supplied – BYO ideas!

Please note: this event is for First Nations writers only.


A pitch is where you tell me about your book in the most exciting way so that I’m compelled to read your manuscript. Publishers are always looking books that they love and books they think a lot of other people will love too (they are often the same thing), so it’s good for your pitch to persuade me that your story is one or both of these things.

Harper Collins

We talked to publishers and literary agents so you don’t have to! Click here to read Pitch Blak – Pitching Tips


Samantha Faulkner

Samantha is a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal woman, from Badu and Moa Islands in the Torres Strait and the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi peoples of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. She is the proud author of Life Blong Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait, (Aboriginal Studies Press, July 2007) and editor of Pamle: Torres…