Time to put pen to paper

By Cobram Courier

The 2018 Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards are now open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a connection to our region.

The Dungala-Kaiela Writing Awards began in 2012 to provide a chance for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to express themselves through writing.

Cobram Anglican Grammar School student River Loizou won the youth writing award last year.

Cobram Library branch co-ordinator Judy Taylor said the writing awards were a fantastic initiative.

‘‘It showcases the talents of indigenous people in our community and gives them a fantastic opportunity to display their work, which gives a great insight into their culture,’’ Ms Taylor said.

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

The story/yarn/article/play category and the poem/lyric/rap category have four sections — junior (ages eight to 12), youth (ages 13 to 18), open (19 and over) and elders (65 and over).

There is also a category for Aboriginal languages of this region in any written form.

It has sections — junior, youth and open.

Some Aboriginal language words must be used, however the whole entry does not have to be written in Aboriginal language. Translation is requested for all language entries.

Entries close August 31.

●Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries or may be downloaded from the website at