Juliet O’Conor is the State Library’s Children’s Research Librarian where she is responsible for over 100,000 Australian and overseas children’s books published between the 16th and 21st centuries. Her special interest is the Indigenous voice in Australian children’s literature.
Jason Tamiru is a proud Yorta Yorta man. Other roles include: Producer of Blak Cabaret; Associate Producer of The Shadow King; Creative Producer of Smith Street Dreaming and Founder and Producer of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Deadly Funny program; and Associate Producer of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival. Jason was the recipient of the … Continue reading Jason Tamiru
Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from New South Wales who grew up on Gamilaroi country. Creator of Sovereign Trax Indigenous music website and co-editor of the Sovereign Apocalypse zine, Hannah’s personal work experiments with cli-fi and future imaginings of Indigenous responses to climate change.
Ellen van Neerven
Ellen van Neerven is a young Yugambeh woman from South-East Queensland. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was awarded the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2013 David Unaipon Award, and was also shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her next book, a poetry collection, Comfort Food, is a … Continue reading Ellen van Neerven
Carly Sheppard is a Melbourne-based emerging performance artist, specialising in dance and choreography, and descending from the Kurtjar, Wallangamma, Takaluk and Kunjin Language groups of North Queensland. After studying Careers in Dance at NAISDA Dance College and Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, Carly has been developing her multidisciplinary … Continue reading Carly Sheppard
Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. She is the Manager of the Epic Good Foundation and a ‘creative disruptor’. Anita was a … Continue reading Anita Heiss
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali Cobby Eckermann is the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2014. Her verse novel Ruby Moonlight was published in the USA in 2015 and a collection of poems translated and published in Kolkata, India. She returned home and launched her seventh book Inside My … Continue reading Ali Cobby Eckermann
Kutcha was born on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River at Balranald, New South Wales, of the Mutti Mutti people and is among the many of the Stolen Generations. His music and stories are the songs of his journey, his people’s journey, and these are his gift to connect with and inspire others.
Monica Weightman is an Aboriginal singer songwriter/musician and independent artist/teacher and mentor. Monica was born in Townsville, North Queensland and is now a resident of Melbourne and of the Kulin Nation.
James Henry is a singer/songwriter, as well as being the grandson of Jimmy Little. His music spans Country-Rock, Reggae and Hip Hop and addresses issues such as Aboriginal identity and society’s rules and expectations. Henry is also a much-sought after photographer.