Becoming Kirrali Lewis has now hit the bookshelves!
Last week black&write! headed down to the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne. The team attended the National Writers’ Conference, as well as panels, performances and literary events presented by emerging and established writers, editors, publishers, and other industry professionals.
This year black&write! partnered with the Emerging Writers’ Festival to launch Jane Harrison’s debut novel, Becoming Kirrali Lewis. Jane is a descendant of the Muruwari people of New South Wales. She is also an award-winning Indigenous playwright whose works include Stolen, Blakvelvet, and The Visitors.
Jane was one of the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship winners in 2014. She worked closely alongside the black&write! editorial team to develop her winning manuscript that was published by Magabala Books.
Jane’s manuscript was described as a novel with a ‘sassy’ female protagonist who ‘captured the lively essence of youth’. Becoming Kirrali Lewis is a coming of age story set within the 1960s and 1980s; it ‘chronicles the journey of a young Aboriginal teenager as she leaves her home town in rural Victoria to take on a law degree in Melbourne in 1985. Adopted at birth by a white family, Kirrali doesn’t question her cultural roots until a series of life-changing events force her to face up to her true identify’.
The launch also included readings by emerging Indigenous writers, Hannah Donnelly and Yasmin Smith, both sharing pieces themed on the relationships between mothers and daughters.
Pick up a copy of Becoming Kirrali Lewis at the Library Shop or online.