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Magabala scholarships update

Thu, Nov 22, 2018

2018 Scholars
Scholarship recipients: Barbara Marie Sheehy (left), Bronwyn Houston (middle, in Bologna) and Natalie Davey

The generosity of our donors enables Magabala Books to offer a wide range of opportunities to established and emerging Indigenous writers and artists.

In 2017-2018 we were thrilled to:

2017 Australian Indigenous Creator Scholarship recipients:

Barbara Marie Sheehy (QLD) – Supported to enrol in the ‘Create A Picture Book’ online course and mentoring program throughout 2018.

“The Magabala Books Scholarship allows me to further develop my craft in writing picture books for children. I've submitted my first on-line module... The module focuses on why write, discovering recent picture books, historical background to children's books, Australian children's books and biography of referenced works. I'm ready for module two, can't wait to get busy and get through the next stage of my writing journey!”

Bronwyn Houston (TAS) –  Supported to travel to the Bologna Children's Book Fair in March 2018.

“The recent trip to the Bologna Book Fair was amazing! As a young illustrator who has only worked professionally within Australia it was a major eye opener to the expanse of the publishing industry... This opportunity has also allowed me to meet a large body of Australian publishers and illustrators and make invaluable contacts that will no doubt strengthen my own work and my scope of opportunity. Thank you for the chance to have this experience.”

Natalie Davey (WA) – Appointed mentor through the Australian Writers Centre to support professional development. Currently engaged in writer’s mentorship to work on children’s book manuscript development.

Other 2018 scholarship activity:

These are just some of the ways the Magabala Scholarship Fund is achieving real and lasting outcomes for Indigenous writers and illustrators!

Stay tuned for the 2019 scholarships call out in February on social media, our eNewsletter and website.

Magabala Scholarships are entirely funded through donations. To contribute to this important work go to or call Kate Rendell, Project Officer on 08 9192 1991.