First Nations and POC Writers Count

Community Arts & Cultural Development

First Nations & POC Writers Count

A count of First Nation writers and Writers of Colour published in 2018.

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The Story:
The question of whether diversity is adequately supported within the Australian Publishing Industry—particularly as it relates to First Nations and POC writers—remains unanswered in the form of statistical research. The First FNPOC Count would seek to count the number of books (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, children’s lit and YA) by First Nations and POC writers published in 2018.

The lack of diverse publications has been increasingly highlighted and challenged internationally in recent years. In the US in 2011 in the New York Times, 88% were published by Caucasian authors, and in the UK, only 8% of people in publishing came from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The same trends are easily observable in Australia, but there is no comprehensive data to back this up. This project seeks to find out how many First Nations writers and Writers of Colour were published in 2018 and will cost $36,868.91 to fund.

The Crack Team

Executive:
Dr Natalie Kon-yu (Writer and Academic)
Professor Tony Birch (Author and Academic)
Dr Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author and Academic)
Dr Tresa LeClerc (Writer and Academic)
Rebecca Lim (Author and Lawyer)
Alison Whittaker (Author and Academic)

Administration:
Hella Ibrahim (Djed Press Editorial Director)
Jasmeet Sahi (Creative Producer)
Marisa Wikramanayake (Freelance journalist, Editor and Writer)
Jackie Tang (Bookseller)

Methodology

We propose using a combination of:
• Nielsen Bookscan data;
• for POC writers, an author survey to examine if they identify as POC; and
• for First Nations writers, a culturally appropriate process including self-identification in author biographies

Funding will cover the costs of the survey, access to Nielsen Bookscan, the payment of researchers and advisors to critically inform the survey, and the compilation of a final report based on the project results. Results will be published through MEAA, Djed and Peril Magazine.

Significance:
This research will provide much needed demographic data on the industry. This will be a resource for future researchers, and for industry-wide organisations to get a better sense of the current landscape. It will also function as a jumping off point for more qualitative analysis on cultural diversity within the industry. The results of this study will inform publishing practices to provide greater opportunities for publication of First Nations and POC writers to develop their practice.

Stories by First Nations writers and Writers of Colour matter. Increasingly we are living in a time in which we see narratives about minorities rather than narratives by minorities. In contemporary Australian culture we are seeing a rise in the rhetoric of ‘otherness’ attached to ideologies of culture and race. Writing back to the centre matters, and it matters now. This is the radical potential of words.

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We are a group of people currently working in the Arts sector:

Dr Natalie Kon-yu (Writer and Academic)
Professor Tony Birch (Author and Academic)
Dr Ambelin Kwaymullina (Author and Academic)
Dr Tresa LeClerc (Writer and Academic)
Rebecca Lim (Author and Lawyer)
Alison Whittaker (Author and Academic)
Hella Ibrahim (Djed Press Editorial Director)
Jasmeet Sahi (Creative Producer)
Marisa Wikramanayake (Freelance journalist, Editor and Writer)

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Shelley Burr

ACT
NM

Neve Mahoney

VIC
LC

Louise Coulthard

VIC
KQ

Kowther Qashou

NSW
MS

Mira Schlosberg

VIC
CD

Cara Devine

VIC
AC

Angela Crocombe

SA
XO

Gold Satino

VIC
RR

Raphaelle Race

VIC
MT

Maggie Thompson

NSW
AC

Alice Cottrell

VIC
MF

Michael Fazio

NSW
VY

Vivian Yun

NSW
KD

Kirsty Dummin

SA
SA

Sarah Giles

VIC
CN

Catherine Noske

WA
EB

Emily Bitto

VIC
BM

Blue Mahy

VIC
CF

Claire Flynn

VIC
AG

Amy Gray

VIC
JB

Ghost Pattern

VIC
SC

Sam Cooney

VIC
TB

The Lifted Brow / Brow Books

VIC
GA

Gabrielle Ryan

VIC
HF

Hemei Fong

NT
MW

Margarita Windisch

VIC
MA

Manisha Anjali

VIC
AW

Annie Waters

SA
JN

John Nicholas

Surrey
RH

Roslyn Henry

NT
DA

Darren Jones

SA
TM

Tanya McCulloch

VIC
LH

Lucy Hamilton

VIC
KK

Kay Kerr

QLD
CP

Camha Pham

WA
SH

Shu-Ling Chua

ACT
MO

Monica Tan

NSW
AY

Anthea Yang

VIC
JC

James Chalmers

NSW
GE

Gene Smith

VIC
SF

Books+Publishing

VIC
EL

Ellen Harvey

ACT
PJ

Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

WA
DL

Dani Leever

VIC
CG

Carolyn Gilpin

VIC
KW

Allen and Unwin

VIC
EH

Erin Holbeach

WA
MT

Mary Tomsic

VIC
DD

Duc Dau

WA

CB Mako 1

VIC
SC

Sophie Cunningham

VIC
TM

Taku Mbudzi

VIC
CB

Monash University

VIC
BL

Benjamin Law

NSW
CB

Young Australian Writers

NSW
JR

Jamila Rizvi

VIC
SM

Small Press Network

VIC
JH

Jeremy Lachlan

NSW
AN

Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga

ACT
BP

Bethany Patch

VIC
DO

Denise ODea

NSW
JJ

Jagdeep Jogde

VIC
DE

Deidre Robb

WA
LC

Louise Cornege

NSW
BC

RMIT University

VIC
NB

Nancy Bidwell-Brown

NSW
NM

Natalie Mason

VIC
JW

Jessica Wilkinson

VIC
CW

Caroline Wood

WA
JC

Jane Canaway

VIC
NB

Nina Boydell

WA
KM

Katrina McDonnell

NSW
NV

Vorrias

VIC
AT

Aviva Tuffield

VIC
MS

Ms Suneeta Peres da Costa

NSW
KG

Kelly Gardiner

VIC
DC

David Carlin

VIC
LS

RMIT

VIC
RO

Roanna Gonsalves

NSW
EB

Emily Booth

NSW
MA

Mat Larkin

VIC

Rachel Watts

WA
DS

Diny Slamet

VIC
NB

Mrs Nicole L Brownlee

VIC
EL

Edward Luca

NSW
AM

Ayan Mohamud

VIC
SE

Shelley Eves

NSW
KA

Kate Eltham

QLD
CC

Chloe Chadwick

VIC
DE

Deb Wain

VIC
PM

Peta Murray

VIC
LD

Lisa Dempster

VIC
SS

Samantha Sainsbury

VIC
AS

Anna Spargo-Ryan

VIC
EB

Emma Buckley Lennox

VIC
KH

Kate Hauser

VIC
JO

Jodie Martire

QLD
HS

Hollen Singleton

VIC
CH

Chi Vu

VIC
HR

Hilary Reynolds

State
SD

Shastra Deo

QLD
LI

Lian Low

VIC
LH

Leanne Hall

VIC
SR

Sophie Raynor

WA
GP

Glaiza Perez

NSW
SN

Sonia Nair

VIC
AN

Andrew Wrathall

VIC
JD

Jacob Demopoulos

VIC
MW

Marika Webb-Pullman

VIC
NM

Nicole McKenzie

VIC
LN

Lena Nahlous

NSW
MR

Miriam Rosenbloom

VIC
HS

Hannah Strout

VIC
AT

Adeline Teoh

NSW

Hannah Reardon-Smith

QLD
SS

Saranya (Anya) Saravanan

VIC
JS

Jordy Silverstein

VIC
JE

Jessica Ibacache

VIC
GM

Gabriella Munoz

VIC
DG

Dina Georgopoulos

VIC
AT

Amrita Tarr

NSW

Emilie Collyer

VIC
AA

Ava Amedi

VIC
RU

Ruth De Souza

VIC
DN

Dawn Nguyen

VIC
RA

Rabble Books & Games

WA
JB

John Back

NSW
JE

Jennifer Mills

SA
RF

Rochelle Fernandez

NSW
CH

Catherine Hoffman

SA
YC

Yaelle Caspi

VIC
AN

Angela Savage

VIC
FS

Felicity Scarce

VIC
SB

Sarah Blood

VIC
ST

Stella Charls

VIC
NA

Natasha Lawrence

NSW
LF

Lauren Finger

NSW
EG

Enza Gandolfo

VIC
SA

Sarah Hollingsworth

VIC
JS

Jacqueline Storey

VIC
MT

Mandy Truong

VIC
SD

Sue Dodd

QLD
DS

Deanne Sheldon-Collins

VIC
SF

Samantha Forge

VIC
KK

Kathryn Knight

NSW
EM

Emily Maguire

NSW
AE

Alison Evans

VIC
SO

Suzanne O'Sullivan

NSW
EL

Elise Jones

VIC
RA

Rashmi Patel

VIC
JR

Jocelyn Richardson

VIC
ME

Melanie Saward

QLD
GP

Kara Sevda Press

VIC
BE

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

VIC
ET

Elizabeth Tan

WA
SY

Sydney Review of Books

NSW
KB

Listen Up Podcasting

NSW
VS

Veronica Sullivan

VIC
CC

Christina Cox

VIC
HI

0N/A

VIC
JL

Jes Layton

VIC
RL

Rebecca Lucas

VIC
NR

Nadia Rhook

WA
JC

Jane Canaway

VIC
SI

Simone Macrae

VIC
AS

Anita Senaratna

NSW
RU

Rukhsaar Ibrahim

VIC
JO

Jane O'Sullivan

NSW
KS

Keith Stevenson

NSW
NI

Nikki Lam

VIC
LE

Lefa Singleton Norton

VIC
CM

Clare Millar

VIC
KQ

Kowther Qashou

NSW
VS

Veronica Sullivan

VIC
AG

Alice Grundy

NSW

Tiara Shafiq

VIC
NK

Muslim Professionals Association

VIC
EG

Emily Gale

VIC
AT

Adeline Teoh

NSW
FD

Fiona Dunne

VIC
VL

Verity La

NSW
DY

Daniel Young

QLD
AL

Alison Croggon

VIC
SO

Sam on behalf of MT

VIC