The Library holds over 400 literary works authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples covering a diverse range of genres; including adult fiction, poetry, historical narratives and children's books. These works have been written in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and english. This page is concerned with literature where the author identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or where the work has been substantially produced in partnership with a community.


BlackWords - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers and Storytellers
BlackWords is the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literary works and contains biographical information regarding Aborginal & Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers, and their works (even if it is unpublished). The BlackWords website has interviews with Aboiginal & Torres Strait Islander authors, teaching resources and links to publishers. It includes works in both Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander languages, and English.

First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN)
The First Nations Australia Writers Network was formed to foster the development of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander authors.First Nations Australia Writers Network is a government supported peak body that lobbies on behalf of authors. Their website contains regular news updates concerning writers workshops and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander literary events.

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Black words, white page: Aboriginal literature 1929-1988 (2004)
This work describes the literary achievements of leading Aboriginal peoples such as Jack Davis, Kevin Gilbert, Mudrooroo Narogin, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Bobbi Skyes, and provides an insight into the socio-political contexts in contemporary Black literature.

Aboriginal literacy resource kit (c1995)
This kit, produced by the New South Wales. Board of Studies. Aboriginal Curriculum Unit contains eight short stories authored by Indigenous Australians which are aimed at primary school-aged children. The kit also contains three booklets aimed at communities and teachers, which explore the ways in which Indigenous students learn and engage with a Standard European school curriculumn.