Arts grant to help author reveal story of sisters

Cathy Craigie

Author Cathy Craigie has been awarded the prestigious 2016 New South Wales Aboriginal Arts Fellowship of $30,000 to research a powerful story from the north of the State.

The Aboriginal writer will undertake her fellowship in regional NSW researching the story of the Seven Sisters in collaboration with the local Gamilaroi community near Moree.

She will also travel to New Zealand and New Mexico to work with First Nation writers on similar stories there.

Ms Craigie, from the Gamilaroi and Anaiwon nations in northern NSW, is the founding director of Koori Radio and First Nation Australia Writers Network.

She is the author of children’s stories, plays and essays.

Arts NSW executive director Michael Brealey said the fellowship would help Ms Craigie create a significant manuscript on the Seven Sisters story within a broader First Nations context while developing her craft through local and international artistic and cultural exchanges.

Wendy Caccetta

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