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Munganbana's voice loud and clear through art and story

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Far North artist and author, Munganbana Norman Miller, and Adelaide-based RenBro Publishing have won a major independent book publishing award and will head to the US to pick up their gong.

A full colour coffee table book, "Reef and Rainforest: an Aboriginal Voice Through Art and Story", features over 200 pieces of Munganbana's art work featuring his dynamic and colourful style.

The medal is awarded by the globally recognized Independent Publisher Book Awards â€" IPPY Awards 2016. The book's Bronze Medal was awarded under the IPPY's National Category of Multicultural Non-fiction Adult which was open for entrants from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Chicago will host this year's BookExpo America where his work will be featured.

The award will be presented to Munganbana on May 10Â on the Skydeck on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower.

"I certainly didn't expect to have this level of recognition for my work and to be heading to the USA and I am praying for many doors to open to me," said Munganbana.

"Renbro Publishing and my wife Barbara gave me great support for the book. Barbara, an author herself, is coming with me.

"I have stories that go with each painting that depict my life growing up in the rainforest, my family, my culture and spirituality. It also has a brief history about Aboriginal people from the rainforest tribes and my work for reconciliation. I am from the Jirrbal, Bar-barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes."

It is the 20th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. Winning medallists are featured in the IPPY monthly newsletter, which reaches over 15,000 subscribers worldwide, many of whom are agents, buyers, and librarians.

"Over 1,000 media will be at the BookExpo America and I hope to draw attention to the Far North as a wonderful tourist destination with two world heritage areas of reef and rainforest" said Munganbana.


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