Stu­dent ‘shocked’ to win writ­ing award

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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