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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

University ends year on winning note

The University of Newcastle (UoN) will end the year on a high, with an author and students winning big.

Professor Sarah Wright, a human geographer from the UoN, is a member of a collective of women who were joint winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards non-fiction category.

The awards encourage a national appreciation of Australian literature and support increased understanding of Australian history.

The Gay’wu Group, capturing the non-fiction category for Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines, was part of a record showing for indigenous writers and writers of colour at the Prime Minister’s event.

Of the 40 shortlisted authors, nine were of indigenous heritage.

The Gay’wu Group, also known as the Bawaka Collective, has a long history collaborating together.

Theirs is a 14-year research partnership made up of three non-indigenous academics, including Professor Wright, as well as five female Yol?u researchers from Northeast Arnhemland and Bawaka Country.

The collective has joined forces on many academic articles, along with two other books.

Meanwhile, UoN students were recognised nationally for their brilliant graphic design skills, taking out more wins than ever before in the AGDA 2020 Design Awards.

The event recognises the best work in Australia across a wide range of disciplines every year and, in 2020, the university boasted 12 finalists, which resulted in a judge’s choice award, three Distinctions and three Merits.

As well, the following pupils were acknowledged for their work:

AGDA 2020 Design Awards –

  • Benjamin Crocker – Distinction + Judge’s Choice (Chris Plunkett from Brand Foundry) for his work Big Kids
  • Samuel Jeffress, Eden Wilson, Lachlan Golledge – Merit for their work with the Newcastle International Animation Festival
  • Lachlan Golledge – Distinction for his work Sona Studio
  • Lachlan Golledge – Merit for his work DesignPool
  • Samuel Jeffress, Eden Wilson – Merit for their work Newcastle International Animation Festival Illustration