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.

Amy Thunig

Dr Amy Thunig (B.Arts, M.Teach, PhD) is a Gomeroi/Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi academic who parents and partners on beautiful Awabakal Country. A Research Fellow within Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney, Amy is passionate about translating the work of Higher Education institutions into plain-language and accessible spaces. Amy’s first book ‘Tell Me Again: A Memoir’ was released via UQP and has since been shortlisted for various awards including the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literature Awards, and the 2023 Australian Book Industry Awards.

A Director at StoryFactory in Redfern, Amy contributes on various committees and councils including also being an elected local area President within the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG). As an academic, author, media commentator and panellist, Amy regularly appears on television programs such as ABC’s The Drum, and writes for publications such as Buzzfeed, Sydney Book Review, IndigenousX, The Guardian and more. Amy’s TEDx talk is titled ‘Disruption is not a dirty word’ and in 2023 Amy co-curated the All About Women Festival, an annual event held at the Sydney Opera House.