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Welcome to BlackWords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing and Storytelling


BlackWords provides access to a vast record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and their publications.

We acknowledge the First Peoples and their continuing custodianship of the lands on which we work and live.

We pay our respects to the Ancestors and their descendants, who continue in a long tradition of cultural and spiritual connections to Country since time immemorial.

We recognise their struggle and honour their contributions to current and future generations.


Discover authoritative information, research, full text, and teaching and learning resources on all forms of creative writing, including film, television, criticism and scholarship. BlackWords is an important AustLit project.




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BlackWords Trails and Exhibitions

BlackWords Trails

Information trails gather together detailed information on themes relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and perspectives. These collections can be useful as collaborative and explorative focal points for teaching and research.

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Teaching with BlackWords

Teaching with BlackWords

Building on the trails and records contained within AustLit, these teaching resources offer guidance for educators to source and embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the classroom.


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Essays and Publications

Essays and Publications

This collection of essays and publications by prominent authors and first time contributors offers readers insight into the impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and publishing on Australia’s literary landscape.


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History of BlackWords

About BlackWords

Read about BlackWords’ history, learn about our logo and how we identify relevant content. Meet the team and learn our story.



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Recently in BlackWords

Recently in BlackWords

Keep up to date with the latest events and news from the BlackWords Team. This space also recognises the latest records added to BlackWords and acknowledgement of Indigenous excellence.

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BlackWords Calendar of Historical Events

Tracing our Heritage

These timelines highlight significant moments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, with a special focus on literary achievements. Knowing our past informs our future.


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BlackWords on Tour

What's on...

BlackWords on Tour

Find out more about our Teaching and Learning with BlackWords Professional Development opportunities.

‘Stories for Reconciliation’ Club

Join UQ’s ‘Stories for Reconciliation’ Club to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander books and film.

BlackWords Highlights




Here is a collection of curated BlackWords content for readers, researchers, teachers, and students interested in expanding their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing and storytelling.

Language and Country

Language and Country

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NAIDOC trail

NAIDOC Trail

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Courting Blackness

Courting Blackness

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Growing up Indigenous

Growing up Indigenous

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Stolen Generations

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Stolen Generations

Young Adult Fiction of Oceania

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