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MILDURA INDIGENOUS WRITERS AWARD


Joint winners of the 2017 Mildura Indigenous Writers Award,
Patrick Lawson and Maya Hodge.


'The task of judging the Mildura Indigenous Writers Award was both an honour and a challenge given the diverse entries which were all excellent. Each piece told a great story with poignant insight to the writers’ lives and histories through humour, warmth, and a deep love of family and place. Ultimately, this 2017 Award is split between Patrick Lawson for his visual and written memoir ‘Kicking the Habit’, and Maya Hodge for her poem ‘Her Eyes’. Both Lawson and Hodge portrayed moving and direct insights to unique stories of resilience and cultural/family pride against histories odds. Congratulations to Mildura’s community of Aboriginal writers and storytellers! May you continue to support each other create great work, and to share your important stories from your beautiful part of the world.' Natalie Harkin, 2017 Judge.   

2018 Entries will open in May 2018.

Download the MIWA Entry Form HERE

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Congratulations to joint winners:
Maya Hodge for her poem 'IN HER EYES' and
Patrick Lawson for his picture story book 'KICKING THE HABIT'

Award Winners

2015
Brian Hunt, Anna Williams, Amanda Bettridge Conway, Peter Peterson, Ernest Mitchell and Patrick Lawson - presented by Alexis Wright

2016
Sianlee Harris – presented by Tony Birch

2017
Patrick Lawson and Maya Hodge – presented by Natalie Harkin
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