Ambelin Kwaymullina: ‘It can be really hard to get your start when you don’t have that network around you'

Writer and illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina discusses the challenges of getting a start in the industry for marginalised writers.

The Next Chapter: Ambelin Kwaymullina on the challenges marginalised writers face

'I think, and I think this is really true of all marginalised writers, is that we usually don't have a lot of connections. We don't know people in the industry, we're often not part of writing groups, many marginalised writers will not have come through creative writing programs at university or anything like that.

'So it can be really hard to get your start when you don't have that network around you, and hard to sort of find your way into the industry – which, of course, you have to if you want to be published. Which is a reason why initiatives like the Next Chapter have such significance for marginalised people, because it offers that opportunity to have that way in.'