Angelina Hurley

Comedy writer, Angelina Hurley is this year's recipient of the Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship.

This prestigious scholarship is the largest educational scholarship of its kind and will enable Angelina to travel to the United States in August to undertake further research and study in comedy writing for film and television.

"In the US they have specific courses in writing sitcoms and situational comedy. You can get experience on the set of TV shows and other productions - I'd love to do that," she said.

Angelina started out writing short stories for a book and uses the 'Murri Grapevine' as her inspiration. The grapevine is like an information network that carries yarns (stories) faster than a speeding bullet and Angelina turns these amusing yarns into humorous stories.

"One of the stories I wrote got picked up and made into short film called 'Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun'," she said.

The story is about Angelina's Aunty/Nan in the 50's and the pet chook she had that drowned in the backyard. The film debuted at the Message Sticks Film Festival 2009, won best Australia film at the Heart of Gold International Film Festival, and was seen by many on Qantas's domestic and international in-flight services. It is described as a funny, true yarn.

Angelina is currently studying a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney. She already holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Arts Administration.

Her dream and goal is to write an Indigenous television sitcom, which she will complete as part of her Doctoral studies.

You can follow Angelina's blog Womba World at

DESCRIPTION: Angelina Hurley, 2011 Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship recipient (Photographer: David Williams)