Student ‘shocked’ to win writing award
An indigenous student has written a short story so interesting that the judges have asked him to write an entire book.
Year 9 Cobram Anglican Grammar student River Loizou submitted the story for the Dungala-Kaiela writing awards, which are for writing from indigenous students in the Goulburn Murray region.
The story won an award and high praise from the judges, who encouraged River to write a follow-up novel.
River, who is of Warlpiri descent, said he was ‘‘shocked’’ when he first heard the news.
‘‘I guess I must have good teachers,’’ he said.
His story is about a Kurdaitcha, a mysterious magic man who appears in indigenous legends.
River’s father had told him stories about the Kurdaitcha, who are said to be able to curse people to death.
The Dungala-Kaiela writing awards are a grassroots project designed to encourage more indigenous people to write and rediscover their culture.
The words ‘Dungala’ and ‘Kaiela’ recognise the Aboriginal names of the two grand rivers of the Goulburn Valley.
Talented: Cobram Anglican Grammar student River Loizou and his teacher Sharonlee Post.