Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award shortlist

Alicia Farmer

Alicia Farmer for Mai Stori

About the author

Alicia Farmer is a proud Meriam Mir woman and a descendent of the Gudang and Wuthathi language groups. She is a primary school teacher by day and a writer by night. Alicia is currently writing her novel based on her lived experiences. She is writing and sharing her own life story, healing her own wounds and hoping her story will help others. She tweets at https://twitter.com/AliciaFarmer_.

Judges' comments

This is a great story of Torres Strait Islander family life. The family relationships were well expressed within the limitations of a shorter entry, and the relationship of the protagonist to both her saltwater country of origin and to the Kimberley of her exile, were also well executed. It is exciting to have a Torres Strait Islander entry of this sophistication representing the other Indigenous culture of Australia in the David Unaipon Award shortlist.

Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller for Mirrored Pieces

About the author

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, also descended from the Wakka Wakka and Gurang Gurang mobs. She has a Masters of Creative Writing, attended the 2014 Residential Editorial Program, and is the joint winner of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. She has previously published three poems and a short story in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty (2011) and six poems in By Close of Business (2013). An editor and publisher by trade, Lisa is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra, focussed on oral and archival research in and around her community.

Judges' comments

Mirrored Pieces is an intriguing and well-crafted narrative about a teenage girl’s quest to save her twin sister from mysterious evil spiritual forces in country Queensland. A suspenseful portrayal of what is essentially a segregated country town. The Aboriginal family at the centre of the story is very appealing, and nuance is achieved by having tension between Aboriginal families, to balance the black-white battle at the centre of the narrative. The use of crime fiction interwoven with some elements of magic realism worked perfectly.