The National Indigenous Story Awards are for storytellers who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Uncle Talgium's life is likened to a novel that has all the ingredients of a best seller except it would be based on truth not fiction.
The criteria was that the Stories can be spoken, sung, or written in prose or poetic form. They can be fictional, creative, historical, personal, political, and more.
With a first prize of $5000, and $1000 for second and third prizes. Uncle Talgium wasn’t in the top 3 but look out next year as his story unfolds.-GMan General Manager 3KND
The event was held at Latrobe University Bundoora and opened by Wurundjeri Custodian Mark Thompson.
The winners: First Prize Jacob Ridgeway. Second Prize Nathan Jospeh McAvoy. Third prize Callam Murray.
May Bunjil Bless me is a story of survival, adventure and resilience for Uncle Talgium Chocko Edwards.
Uncle Talgium is a Taungurung, Bunurung, Palawa, Yorta Yorta and Mutti Mutti Senior Elder from Victoria.
This story leads into how he graduated from a childhood of institutionalisation to incarceration in Pentridge Prison's H Block.
We hear of his journey on the high seas as a merchant seaman and harrowing accounts of racism, apartheid, systemic institutionalisation and perseverance from a man who has survived as a member of Australia's Stolen Generation.
His fondest memory is a visit while he was inside with World Champion Boxer Uncle Lionel Rose.
Uncle Talgium has plenty of stories to tell and is currently a broadcaster at 3KND Kool N Deadly in Melbourne.-Kirstyn Lindsay Specialist Journalist 3KND
Image: Uncle Talgium Chocko Edwards Recorded in the studios of 3KND with Arthur Jackson Produced by Kirstyn Lindsay