Kathy Marks

Coverage of Indigenous Affairs

Griffith Review

Kathy Marks (@kathymarksoz) won the 2013 Walkley for Coverage of Indigenous Affairs for her Griffith REVIEW essay “Channelling Mannalargenna”, about the survival and sense of self among Tasmania’s aboriginal population. Born in Manchester, and having worked for Reuters and Fleet Street newspapers, Kathy moved to Australia in 1999 as The Independent‘s Asia-Pacific correspondent, covering Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Indonesia and the Philippines. She is a regular contributor to publications including Good Weekend, The Monthly and Griffith REVIEW, and her work has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays. Her book, Pitcairn: Paradise Lost (HarperCollins, 2008), about the Pitcairn Island child abuse case, won the Ned Kelly Award for true-crime writing and was shortlisted for the CAL Waverley Library Literary Award.

Kathy’s Winning Work:

“Channelling Mannalargenna”

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An elegantly written essay about a community still wrestling daily with the act of colonisation. Adding a poignancy is the hovering myth of extinction. Marks deftly draws the reader into the everyday of establishing Tasmanian Aboriginal identity, teasing out the tensions, but without seeking catharsis. – Judges’ comments