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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Jada Narkle

Jada Narkle is a multidisciplinary, collaborative artist and Noongar yorga, from the Wiilman and Yued tribes of Western Australia. Jada’s practise prefaces the deep and intricate understanding and exploration of interconnectivity. Through this knowledge they are re-contextualising their understanding of time and space, the body’s interaction and endless navigation of these as non-linear concepts. As a Blak woman, Jada aims to facilitate spaces with softness and vulnerability.

Their creative process is demonstrative of ancestral connections, genetic memory, intersectionality and trauma pathways, which manifest in movement, language, poetry and installation. Jada understands this to be a continual holding of Noongar kaartdijin across and throughout the Nyitting (time and space) in which they occupy. Jada graduated from Sydney Dance Company’s Pre Professional Year (2021). Since graduating Jada has gone on to work full time at Australian Dance Theatre (2022). Jada has also previously worked with Yirramboi festival (2021) for their Barring Yanabul program where they were commissioned for the first iteration of their solo work “Yorga”. They were also a collaborator with Na Djinang’s award-winning show “Arterial.”