Story wins award

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Ba­rooga teenager Mazz Post (pic­tured) has taken out the Dun­gala Kaiela Writ­ing Award’s youth sec­tion.

The awards, started 2012, pro­vide the chance for writ­ing and self-ex­pres­sion in in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

The awards were open to all Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple with a con­nec­tion to the re­gion.

Miss Post, 14, scooped the award for her short story Stolen at a cer­e­mony at Rum­balara Foot­ball Net­ball Club last month.

The Co­bram Sec­ondary Col­lege Year 9 stu­dent en­tered her piece af­ter spend­ing sev­eral weeks craft­ing and re­vis­ing it.

She said its nar­ra­tive was cen­tred on the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘It was about a lit­tle girl get­ting taken away and then she found a friend in the house she got moved to, but they man­aged to es­cape and made it back to her tribe,’’ Miss Post said.

She said her own fam­ily mem­bers were vic­tims of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion, which in­flu­enced her short story, which was about a page in length.

‘‘My mum’s great aunty and un­cle got taken. I was with mum and she was telling me about it and she gave me the in­for­ma­tion to help me write it.’’

It was the third time Miss Post had en­tered the writ­ing award and it was a case of third time lucky.

‘‘It was pretty ex­cit­ing and mum was re­ally proud of me,’’ she said.

‘‘Some of my teach­ers en­cour­aged me to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion and then I went home and asked mum about it and she said I should go for it again.

‘‘My teach­ers were awe­some when I asked them for help with cer­tain words.’’

For her ef­forts, Miss Post was re­warded with a mone­tary prize, which she was sav­ing.

To make her vic­tory an even greater achieve­ment, she said writ­ing was not some­thing she gen­er­ally en­joys do­ing at school.

‘‘I don’t like it, it’s hard, but when I’ve got some free time and there is a prize on of­fer I’ll have a go at it.’’

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