Local writer up for state award

FRASER Coast Butchulla artist and writer Shawn Wondunna-Foley is feeling “unusually up” today.

He has just found out he is short-listed for a major State literary award.

“I entered my new book, Dingo – Finds a Friend, in the Premier’s annual literary awards, never thinking I would get through to this stage.

“Four of us have been short-listed in the Unpublished Indigenous Writer – Arts Qld David Unaipon Award and it’s a thrill.”

Shawn also illustrated the book, which is aimed at the young readers market.

“Its themes are Aboriginal values, looking for friends, discovering positive special qualities, being oneself, becoming best friends and belonging to a friendship circle.

“Dingo’s story begins in the beginning when everything was being created. Dingo’s journey takes place at different places on country – land and sea. Friends are found in all different kinds of places and doing all sorts of interesting things. They’re all happy just being themselves.

“This is a great book about being happy to be yourself, looking for friendship, accepting everyone in life for who they are and acknowledging them for the special qualities that they possess. Dingo’s journey is like discovering things for the very first time.

“In the end, everyone becomes part of the journey. Come along and see.”

The awards will be announced on August 31 and if Shawn wins he will receive $15,000 and a publishing contract.



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