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.


Allara Briggs-Pattison, proud Yorta Yorta Woman has an enchanting glow when she performs, always gracing the stage with a passionate grin from ear to ear. Her range of skills playing on both upright and standard bass compliment each other. Her ears have grown large from playing in a variety of different styles including neo-soul, jazz, country, folk and Irish trad to name a few.

Allara’s approach to music is inspirational to other female musicians and indigenous Australian’s as she recently finished her Bachelor of Music Performance and shared the stage at the Sydney Opera House with Archie Roach being the youngest on stage at 22 years old. Hitting every note with confidence and conviction she leaves her audience feeling warm and fuzzy while taking their breath away.