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.

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Carly Sheppard

Carly Sheppard is an award winning cross-disciplinary performance artist based in Naarm (Melbourne), working across dance and theatre making and performance, sculpture, drawing, writing, voice, and installation. Her practice navigates complex narratives of intersecting race, class, mythologies and identities we inherit and how meaning is created and processed through prisms of colonial interruption. Carly’s work reflects her fascination with the chaos of conflicting cultural paradigms.

Carly’s career and practice have been platformed and nurtured through invaluable artist initiatives run by BlakDance, British Council, Australia Council for the Arts, ILBIJERRI and more. Carly’s formal training includes Careers In Dance at NAISDA Dance College and a Bachelor of Dance at Victorian College of the Arts. Carly’s recent performance credits include Chase (A Daylight Connection), A Nightime Travesty (A Daylight Connection), Set Piece (Anna Breckon and Nat Randall), Considerable Sexual License (Joel Bray Dance), Anthem (Performing Lines and Arts Centre Melbourne) and Love (Dee and Cornelius).