Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

June 2022

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival: Schools Program

Busy, busy, busy – as well as writing her latest novel (The Visitor) and curating a series of exciting new Blak & Bright First Nation Literary Festival satellite events (Byron Writers Festival, Mountain Writers Festival, The Wheeler Centre, & AESOP NAIDOC) Jane has been touring schools with the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Schools Program. Like our State Library Victoria events for secondary students and librarians, it’s a super popular series of workshops that brings together a shared passion for stories and learning.

Look out for our 2023 State Library Victoria Education program!

Blak & Bright Teacher PD, 2022

How to Teach Blak Literature

As part of the 2022 Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival we hosted our first-ever education day in partnership with State Library Victoria. Following a day-long event for secondary students, a teacher PD session was held in the State Library Victoria Theatrette to discuss, explore, listen and learn about ‘how to teach Blak literature’.

We invite you to listen to this conversation featuring writers Bruce Pascoe and Thomas Mayor, along with educators Edie Wright, Lynette George and Carmel Byrne. It is moderated by author and academic Kelly Gardiner.

Did you know that State Library Victoria has a range of resources that can be accessed remotely as part of your free access membership?

Follow this link to see a good list of recommended reading. 

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