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Cultural Fund

Magabala Books Cultural Fund

Ninu Grandmothers' Law

Why the Magabala Books Cultural Fund?

The Cultural Fund supports Magabala Books to:

Our books reveal the diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ stories.

We receive manuscripts of great value to present and future generations. However, they may not have mainstream commercial appeal and therefore do not meet the economic criteria for inclusion in Magabala Books’ core publishing program. But some stories are invaluable, and these are the stories we will publish from the Cultural Fund.

Examples of what the Cultural Fund has achieved so far:

Yorro Yorro by David Mowaljarlai and Jutta Malnic, first published 1993: new digital files and reprinted 2015. Mowarljarlai was a visionary. His notion of two-way thinking is as authentic and provocative and relevant as ever.’ Tim Winton

Two Sisters by Bent, Chuguna, Lowe and Richards: new edition published 2016 (previously out of print). A powerful insight into the experience of people who walked out of the desert in the 1960s into a new world. Jukuna’s story may be the first autobiography written in an Aboriginal language (Walmajarri) and translated into English.

Ninu: Grandmothers’ Law, the extraordinary autobiography of central desert Law woman Nura Ward, published in 2018.

The impacts flowing from Magabala Books Cultural Fund: 

Who will benefit?

What donations to the Cultural Fund can do: