Hunter Writers Centre is thrilled to fund a wonderful project in 2019. We’re calling on our members to help publish the book of the podcast Meet the Mob. 

In 2015, ABC radio presenter Jill Emberson interviewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of the Hunter region. These interviews became the podcast Meet the Mob. This was an important initiative for the Hunter region and showed Australia how life stories can be captured and celebrated.

Converting a podcast into published stories is not an easy task so we have employed a specialist Aboriginal editor Donna Biles Fernando. As Professor John Maynard says: “Donna is imbued with passion, drive and initiative and is just the person to bring this great resource to fruition. The Hunter region has a significant Aboriginal community who would derive great benefit from this project.” Professor John Maynard Director Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre (Chair of Aboriginal History)

Hunter Writers Centre calls for our member-writers to be part of this project. Volunteer and limited paid positions are available in editing and collation of these audio interviews into written story.

Members wishing to be involved should email

Listen to Joy Reid, a proud Kamilaroi woman

Listen to Ray Kelly Snr, story teller, singer and language specialist

Donna Biles Fernando - Meet the Mob editor

Donna Biles Fernando

Jill Emberson, ABC Newcastle presenter

Jill Emberson

This project is supported by funding from

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