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.


Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival is based in Naarm (Melbourne). Established in 2016, the four day showcase celebrates the diverse expressions of First Nations writers and covers all genres from oral stories to epic novels and plays to poetry.

We believe that Blak stories are for everyone.

This Festival is unique, with over sixty First Nations artists front and centre. In 2024 we’re offering new events while programming favourite events from our previous Festivals.

Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival partners with literary organisations nationally and internationally to present Blak stories at venues near you.

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Blak & Bright honours the self-determination and self-expression of our community, and understands that First Nations peoples are diverse in their values, beliefs and opinions. Our literary festival is a place where artistic freedom, and freedom of speech, is protected, promoted and upheld, and we seek to create a safe and respectful environment for everyone. We are firmly against violence, racism and discrimination of any kind, and stand with those who advocate and fight for justice, tolerance and empowerment.

Blak & Bright Board

Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Chair)
Johanna Featherstone (Secretary)
David Ryding (Treasurer)
Jane Harrison
Krista Dunstan
Angelina Hurley
Mark Stapleton
Nardi Simpson