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We’re proud to announce that IPEd has partnered with black&write!’s editor internship program, which provides professional development and networking opportunities for First Nations editors.

IPEd has signed a memorandum of understanding for the next three years with black&write! and the State Library of Queensland. Under the partnership, IPEd will provide free membership to black&write! intern editors. We welcomed Bianca Valentino in late 2022 and most recently, Georgia Anderson and Darby Jones. IPEd is thrilled to support our newest editors in their professional development journey.

Georgia and Darby will work under the supervision of editors Grace Lucas-Pennington, Nadia Johansen and Bianca Valentino, who will teach the pair everything they know about the writing, editing and publishing industry. Together, they will develop the manuscripts submitted by the two winners of the annual black&write! Writing Fellowship (announced in May 2023).

Georgia is a Torres Strait Islander woman from Boigu Island and the Umu Mere and Umai Lag clans, who grew up in the Hunter Valley of NSW and moved to Meanjin in December of 2019. She is undertaking a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) and Law at the Queensland University of Technology. Darby is a Kamilaroi man who spent the first seventeen years of his life on Kamilaroi Country in St George, Southwest Queensland. He is undertaking an arts degree at University of Queensland, in which he’ll major in writing and minor in English literature and anthropology. We’ll provide more information about them in a future edition of Gatherings.

Photo caption: black&write!’s junior editors and editor interns with IPEd CEO Karen Lee. From left to right – Nadia Johansen (junior editor), Georgia Anderson (editor intern), Karen Lee (IPEd CEO), Bianca Valentino (junior editor) and Darby Jones (editor intern).