The chief executive of a Broome-based Aboriginal publishing house is closing the book on the role after almost a decade. Anna Moulton, who has led Magabala Books for almost 10 years through a period of growth and transformation, will leave the organisation in September this year. Working closely alongside publisher Rachel Bin Salleh, Ms Moulton led Magabala Books to a point of national and international recognition, winning the ABIA Small Publisher of the Year in 2020 and the 2023 Bologna Prize for Children’s Publisher of the Year, Oceania. Ms Moulton also expanded the Magabala team to 16 staff and saw sales quadruple since 2015, leaving the organisation in its strongest position yet. Anna Moulton said working for Magabala had been the greatest privilege and joy. “I will miss the incredible team who make Magabala the success that it is; each and every staff member, the dedicated board and all the creators with whom I’ve worked,” she said. “In particular, I will miss the partnership with Rachel Bin Salleh who has been a constant source of guidance and inspiration.” “It’s hard to tear myself away from the excitement of the forward list. However, it is a great time to be leaving the organisation, which is in such a strong position and with so much potential ahead.” Chairperson Tony Lee said Ms Moulton had made a significant contribution, not only to Magabala Books, but to First Nations literature and publishing more broadly over the past decade. “Anna successfully navigated and supported the Magabala team through an incredibly difficult and uncertain time, dealing with a pandemic, our recent flood and the ongoing challenges and politics of publishing as the incredibly strong ally and professional we know her to be,” he said. “While she will be greatly missed, she leaves us in a position of strength and much opportunity. “Anna will be deeply missed by us all at Magabala. Her steady hand, deep insight, commitment, fairness, integrity and self-effacing humour have contributed to the success of this little Blak bush banana. Her legacy is far-reaching,” Rachel Bin Salleh said. The Magabala Books board has now begun the process of recruiting for a new chief executive with applications closing on August 6.