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Gayle Kennedy

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About the artist


Gayle Kennedy is a member of the Wongaiibon clan of  South West NSW.  She was Indigenous Issues Editor/Writer for Streetwize Comics from 1995-1998. In 2005 her book of poetry ‘Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ was shortlisted for the David Unaipon Award.  Gayle went on to win the award in 2006 with her book ‘Me, Antman & Fleabag.’ The book was  shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and  Deadly Award and was commended for in the Kate Challis RAKA Award.  She has had articles and short stories published in publications as diverse and ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly’, ‘Readers Digest’, ;Australian Author’,  ‘Phoenix Educational Review’,  ‘Australian Writer’, ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and the ‘Edinburgh Review.’

Gayle’s has presented at the Sydney Writers Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, Wordstorm, Festival of the Dreaming and local NAIDOC events. Gayle also worked with the Red Room Company on a poem to celebrate the ‘Carved Trees’ exhibition at the NSW State Library. The poem has been published in the Sun-Herald and will part of a book that will accompany the touring exhibition.

Gayle speaks at schools and also runs writing workshops. She also speaks at national and international conferences on disability issues.  Gayle’s has had 11 children’s novels  published by Oxford University Press as part of the ‘Yarning Strong Series.’ One of those books, ‘This Is Country’, was selected to represent Australia at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair, Italy.

A screenplay for TRAX and Outback Theatre for the Young was filmed and released in 2011. ‘Me, Antman & Fleabag was also commended in the Kate Challis RAKA Award and her  children’s books for the Yarning Strong series were nominated for 2011 Deadly Awards.  A recent radio play was commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects and played on Gadigal radio in 20`4.  Gayle has also spoken about the Aboriginal perspective of disability across Australia as well as Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Japan.


Gayle is a contributing writer for Access2Arts’ online project Collude – Embody.